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Norte, the End of History(Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

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Philippines

2013

4h 10m

Director Lav Diaz

Starring Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Mailes Kanapi

Genre Crime, Drama

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A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy, while The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable. However, something mysterious and strange starts happening to the wrongfully convicted man, upending his simple prison life.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

It is the work of a director as fascinated by decency as by ugliness, and able to present the chaos of life in a series of pictures that are at once luminously clear and endlessly mysterious.
90

Village Voice by Calum Marsh

Norte tells a big story on a grand scale, but its emphasis, moment by moment, is on the quotidian. It's simplicity that resonates most deeply of all.
100

Time Out by David Fear

Novelistic is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, but Diaz’s film more than earns the adjective, and you’d have to go back to Edward Yang’s "Yi Yi" to find another movie that approaches a marathon-length running time yet still makes you wish it were twice as long.
80

Empire by David Parkinson

Filipino maven Diaz delivers a bravura, literary human drama that does justice to its great source material.
40

The Hollywood Reporter by Neil Young

There's little in the way of genuine depth, complexity or nuance here, Diaz instead seeks to convey the illusion of profundity by having various characters throw around weighty social and philosophical verbiage in thuddingly sophomoric fashion.
88

Boston Globe by Peter Keough

Some might find the dual conclusions too blunt in their irony, but “Norte” does not try to be consoling. Crazy as Fabian’s ideas seem, they might be the ones that prevail.
75

RogerEbert.com by Peter Sobczynski

As it turns out, "Norte" is not quite the epochal work of cinema greatness that some have suggested but it is hardly a miss either. There are moments of staggering beauty and power on display here and yet there are also moments when it seems to be ambling around with no clear idea of where it wants to go.
60

The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

Norte is the rare film where the characters seem simpler the longer we spend time with them. They’re humans that evolve into types.

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