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Insiang (1976)





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First Filipino film ever to screen officially at the Cannes Film Festival and directed by the legendary Lino Brocka - Insiang is the cuttingly powerful revenge story of a teenager in poverty raped by her mother's lover.

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Critic Reviews for Insiang

All Critics (3) | 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…

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…

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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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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.

Ivan Descartin
Ivan Descartin

Super Reviewer

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