Norte, the End of History (N/R)

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Norte, The End of History

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Tue Jun 17

A regional riff on Crime and Punishment (and the most intimate epic in a while), Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s rich four-hour study of fractured morality introduces us to a louche law student (Sid Lucero, amazing) and a farmer’s son (Archie Alemania). Fate connects them when one man 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 sans sermonizing. Novelistic is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, but Diaz’s film more than earns the adjective, and you’d have to go back to Edward Yang’s Yi Yi to find another movie that approaches a marathon-length running time yet still makes you wish it were twice as long.

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Rated:

N/R

US release:

Fri Jun 20, 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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