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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.
[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.
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.
Given the film's detailed examination of a physical environment, the lackluster sound design is a bit surprising.
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.
It's a challenging film, but it rewards with a fully realized historical context, multifaceted characterizations, and profound philosophical and political realizations.
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.
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