Norte, the End of History
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Fabian (Sid Lucero) is a jaded intellectual, a law school dropout who spends his time drinking with friends and decrying the state of his country, of society and of the world. Appalled by the betrayal and apathy he interprets around him, he finds no comfort in ideologies and is driven to act on dark impulses. This has consequences for family man Joaquin (Archie Alemania), who is blamed and sent to prison for Fabian’s crimes. Joaquin’s wife Eliza (Angeli Bayani) is left in despair, desperately struggling to provide for her young family.
Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz has emerged as a fearless, uncompromising auteur of significance, and his latest film is an epic exploration of guilt, justice, morality and faith alluding to Dostoevsky, which, in spite of its lengthy running time and intellectual rigour, remains accessible and engaging. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)