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Critic Reviews for Insiang
"Insiang" is as much a national captivity narrative as it is a very specific suffering-woman saga (with shades of the classic maternal melodrama).
This intense, furious melodrama, by the Filipino director Lino Brocka, fuses its narrative energy with documentary veracity.
It's rough, but not necessarily raw, for every image and rhythm feels perfectly calibrated.
Lino Brocka's portrait of familial treachery and societal abandonment channels its melodrama through the filter of neorealism.
Such an unforgiving vision of urban poverty justifies the excesses in this domestic drama.
Audience Reviews for Insiang
Peel away the $13 budget, the atrocious scoring and the unnecessarily long sequences shot inside a slaughterhouse and what you have left is a compelling story, nice direction and a couple of outstanding performances.
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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