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Heremias (Unang aklat: Ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak)

Lav Diaz Filipinler, 2006

Stefan Drees's rating of the film Heremias (Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess)

A very strong film. On the one hand there are beautiful meditative moments, e.g. the shot (between 6 and 8 minutes long) when Heremias leads his cow to the river and carefully washes the animal. But on the other hand there is the provocative passages with the extreme 70 (!) minutes shot showing the young men drinking, smoking, getting more and more aggressive and beating the walls until they are exhausted.