- Sun-Mon, Jul 27-28Dir. Lav Diaz, Phillipines, 2014, 250 min., NR, DCPOfficial Website
In the northern Philippine province of Luzon, a law-school dropout commits a horrific double murder; a gentle family man takes the fall and receives a life sentence, leaving behind a wife and two kids. At their best, Lav Diaz's marathon movies reveal just how much other films leave out. In his devastating twelfth feature, the broad canvas accommodates both the irreducible facts of individual experience and the cosmic sweep of time and space. A careful rethinking of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment shot in blazing color, this tour de force offers a masterful recapitulation of Diaz's longstanding obsessions: cultural memory, national guilt, and the origin of evil.
“Its sheer breadth permits a level of detail and a degree of characterization unthinkable on a smaller scale. The film derives much of its effect from the passage of time. Diaz doesn't just convey time, endurance, perseverance; he makes us feel them.” —Slant
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