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Heremias (Unang aklat: Ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak)

Lav Diaz Filipinler, 2006

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

This is an extremely simple story, elegantly elaborated. We primarily follow a single character on a somnolent trajectory. The fist plot development occurs about and hour-and-a-half into the movie. There are minor scenes and sequences that shine with quiet poignancy. The lengthy hooligan freakout sequence (w/ its indelibly Shakespearean eavesdropping) is something else. Features Lav's own guitar work. It's bananas.