Norte, the End of History

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  • Drama
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A riff on ‘Crime and Punishment’ (and the most intimate epic in a while), Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s rich four-hour-plus study of morality introduces us to a law school drop-out (Sid Lucero, amazing) and a farmer’s son (Archie Alemania). Fate connects the two men when one of them commits a double murder and the other takes the fall. In between digressions about politics, nationalism, class, capitalism and history (or the end of it), we’re treated to a sprawling yet compelling tale of social injustice that never feels like a sermon. Novelistic is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, but Diaz’s film more than earns the adjective. You’d have to go back to Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang’s 2000 film ‘Yi Yi’ to find another movie that approaches a marathon-length running time yet still makes you wish it were twice as long.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday July 18 2014
Duration: 250 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lav Diaz
Screenwriter: Lav Diaz, Rody Vera
Cast: Sid Lucero
Angeli Bayani
Archie Alemania

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Paul M

Absorbing for most of its 4 hours 10min, although it could have had an hour knocked off and been given a less abrupt ending. However, fast editing isn't the point here - the film lets you examine real Filipino life at a real-life pace, allowing you to study the environment No music, but in its place wonderful ambient sound like birdsong. Inventive camerawork and the depth of character study, gives different cinematic pleasure. Who needs MTV editing anyway?