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The Halt

Ang Hupa

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, France, 2019


It is the year 2034 AD and Southeast Asia has been in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn’t shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031. Madmen control countries, communities, enclaves and bubble cities.

The Halt Directed by Lav Diaz

Critics reviews

Over its course, the emotion of The Halt is never less than bracing, but most of the film’s strands and anecdotes nevertheless are not as compelling as some of the stories contained in Diaz’s other recent films. Yet it is impossible to look away from such a direct missive of despair and yearning from inside one of today’s most appalling regimes. It is vital that such movies can be made and seen.
May 27, 2019
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