Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014)




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The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law.


Ian Lomongo
as Lt. Perdido
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Critic Reviews for Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

While not exactly a full-fledged magnum opus, From What Is Before hints at a new direction combining an unhurried visual pace and a more dramatic, forceful approach in tackling history and politics.

December 7, 2015 | Full Review…

[A] hauntingly beautiful new picture, which chronicles the gradual decline of a small coastal barrio in the Philippines in the final days before president Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law in 1972.

December 7, 2015 | Full Review…
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Diaz's prolonged approach to storytelling is a tough sit with no easy payoff, but it enables him to cast a remarkable spell defined by a recurring sense of dislocation.

December 7, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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From What Is Before is a striking example of Slow Cinema: over the course of 338 minutes, Diaz creates a narrative in two parts, with the country's historical cataclysms haunting the events of the first half and culminating in the second.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a challenging film, but it rewards with a fully realized historical context, multifaceted characterizations, and profound philosophical and political realizations.

December 7, 2015 | Full Review…

What generates suspense -- or more accurately, dread -- is our knowledge that this place that seems to exist out of time is in fact located on a historical fault-line.

May 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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