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Insiang (1976)




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The screenplay, written by Mario O'Hara and Lamberto E. Antonio, is based on the teleplay of the same name created by O'Hara. Set in the slums of Tondo, Manila, the film stars Hilda Koronel as the eponymous character, the young daughter of a resentful mother (Mona Lisa) whose much-younger lover (Ruel Vernal) rapes her. Following her assault as well as the betrayal of her own lover (Rez Cortez), Insiang settles revenge. A representation of urban poverty, the film explores themes of betrayal, revenge, and despair.

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Critic Reviews for Insiang

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

"Insiang" is as much a national captivity narrative as it is a very specific suffering-woman saga (with shades of the classic maternal melodrama).

October 27, 2015 | Full Review…

This intense, furious melodrama, by the Filipino director Lino Brocka, fuses its narrative energy with documentary veracity.

October 26, 2015 | Full Review…

It's rough, but not necessarily raw, for every image and rhythm feels perfectly calibrated.

April 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Lino Brocka's portrait of familial treachery and societal abandonment channels its melodrama through the filter of neorealism.

October 24, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Such an unforgiving vision of urban poverty justifies the excesses in this domestic drama.

November 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Filipino film set in a shantytown where poverty breeds anger, hatred, and violence in its residents.

October 14, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Insiang


Powerful Shakesperean tragedy with the slums as the primary setting in this Brocka film. "Insiang" is the evidence that Lino Brocka is a master, not only of Philippine cinema, but of opening sequences.

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