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Florentina Hubaldo, CTE

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, 2012
  • Filipino
  • English
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A chronicle of the struggles of a young woman held captive by her father and forced into prostitution in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Her story eventually intersects with that of a farmer and his dying wife, as well as that of two treasure seekers from the city.

Our take

A two-year shoot expanded a story of poor treasure hunters into one interwined with the tale of a woman who drifts through the countryside looking to understand her addled mind and damaged body. As our critic reported upon the film’s premiere in Rotterdam, this is “cinema at its most basic, naked.”

Florentina Hubaldo, CTE Directed by Lav Diaz

Critics reviews

Where is salvation?" Based on the misfortunes of the title character, enslaved by her father and forced into prostitution, the answer would have to be “nowhere.” Yet by closely scrutinizing the tortuous narrative structure unfolding over the film’s six-hour duration and Diaz’s stunning gift for staging, another answer filters through: "In the fourth dimension.
January 01, 2013
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