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Season of the Devil(Ang Panahon ng Halimaw)

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Philippines

2018

3h 54m

Director Lav Diaz

Starring Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Pinky Amador, Bituin Escalante

Genre Drama

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In the late 70s, a gang of militias under the control of the military, terrorizes a remote village in the Philippines. The poet/teacher/activist, Hugo Haniway, decides to find out the truth about the disappearance of his wife. A love story set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos Dictatorship. Based on real events and real characters.

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70

Variety by Guy Lodge

There are some raw, stirring interludes here...but the film’s sheer mass of similar material rather reduces their impact.
70

Screen International by Jonathan Romney

Dedicated, an end caption tells us, to the victims of martial law, Season of the Devil may be one of Diaz’s more downbeat, even languid works, but it’s no less angry and intense a cri de coeur, albeit one that’s often challenging to connect with.
91

The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

Diaz’ call-to-arms to artists speaks to the present just as it depicts a terrible period in the Philippines’ past. Season of the Devil is still a grueling, advanced-level watch, but one that delivers beauty and horror in equal measure.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Season of the Devil is the work of a real auteur: every millisecond of his film has been rigorously created. There are moments of dreamlike intensity and the despair of the period is genuinely conveyed. Only the strongest devotee of Diaz could however deny the presence of longueurs in this film.

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