V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Ang Babaeng Humayo

V' 16

Ang Babaeng Humayo

Lav Diaz
Philippinen, 2016
Fiction, 227min, OmeU

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Ang Babaeng Humayo

Lav Diaz
Philippinen, 2016
Fiction, 227min, OmeU

Actors: 
Charo Santos
John Lloyd Cruz
Michael de Mesa
Nonie Buencamino
Screenplay: 
Lav Diaz
Sound: 
Mark Locsin
Camera: 
Lav Diaz
Editor: 
Lav Diaz
Decoration: 
Popo Diaz
Costume: 
Kim Perez
Kyla Domingo

Production: 
Creative Programs
Sine Olivia Pilipinas
World Sales: 
Films Boutique
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

THE WOMAN WHO LEFT is an immensely immersive and engaging tale about a wronged individual’s grueling struggle between reconciliation and revenge. Featuring Diaz’s immaculate imagery – in high-contrast black and white, as usual – and a majestic performance from Charo Santos, THE WOMAN’s main theme is simply how revenge moves in mysteriously cruel ways: with social outcasts being perennially vulnerable to the machinations of people in the social ranks above them. Nominally, this is a reworking of Tolstoy’s “God Sees the Truth, But Waits”, a short story about a Russian merchant who is charged with murder and spends 26 years in a Siberian jail before meeting and finally forgiving the real culprit. THE WOMAN, however, kicks off where Tolstoy’s tale comes to a close. Diaz’s protagonist is former schoolteacher Horacia, who begins the film having already spent three decades in a rural correctional facility for a murder she didn’t commit. Having resigned herself to fate, she is suddenly informed she will be freed. (Clarence Tsui)

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