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Insiang (1976)




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In a slum in Manila, gentle Insiang washes clothing for a living, while enduring non-stop harassment by her mother. When she is raped by her disagreeable mother's equally disagreeable lover, she sets herself on a subtle course of revenge. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

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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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