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A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery(Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis)

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Philippines, Singapore

2016

8h 5m

Director Lav Diaz

Starring Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Hazel Orencio, Alessandra de Rossi

Genre Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, History

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Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro is considered to be one of the most influential proponents in the struggle against Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines during the late nineteenth century. Today, he is still celebrated as the father of the Philippine Revolution.

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Variety by Guy Lodge

A major disappointment from a major filmmaker, Diaz’s latest super-sized tapestry of historical fact, folklore and cine-poetry is typically ambitious in its expressionism — but sees the helmer venturing into the kind of declamatory, didactic rhetoric that his recent stunners “Norte, the End of History” and “From What Is Before” so elegantly avoided.
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The Playlist by Nikola Grozdanovic

As aesthetically dazzling as this picture is, with hypnotic compositions carved through meticulous mise-en-scene, there are certain conventional lines which — when crossed — must warrant good reason. In this case, the activity on the screen must be immersive and interesting enough to balance out the physical endurance asked of the viewer by the creator.

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