From What Is Before
aka Mula sa kung ano ang noon
First screened in September 2014
Director: Lav Diaz. Cast: Perry Dizon, Reynan Abcede, Hazel Orencio, Karenina Haniel, Roeder Camañag, Mailes Kanapi, Joel Saracho, Ian Lomongo, Ching Valdes-Aran, Dea Formacil, Kristian Chua, Evelyn Vargas, Teng Mangansakan, Bambi Beltran, Liryc Paolo Dela Cruz, Jun Catenza, Noel Sto. Domingo, Kim Perez. Screenplay: Lav Diaz.

Twitter Capsule: Less audacious than Norte, but "novelistic" in the best sense. Builds strongly. Ravishing, silvery monochrome.

VOR:   Great primer in composing such detail-rich sounds and images that a five-hour film is not an ordeal. Strong, steady purview on national trends. Only a few hoary devices.

Photo © 2014 Sine Olivia Pilipinas

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

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