Norte, the End of History (2014)


Critic Consensus: Its four-hour length is undeniably imposing, but Norte, the End of History rewards patient viewers with an absorbing, visually expansive viewing experience.


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In the northern Philippine province of Luzon, a law-school dropout commits a horrific double murder; a gentle family man takes the fall and receives a life sentence, leaving behind a wife and two kids. At their best, Lav Diaz's marathon movies reveal just how much other films leave out. In his devastating twelfth feature, the broad canvas accommodates both the irreducible facts of individual experience and the cosmic sweep of time and space. A careful rethinking of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment shot in blazing color, this tour de force offers a masterful recapitulation of Diaz's longstanding obsessions: cultural memory, national guilt, and the origin of evil. (c) Cinema Guild

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Critic Reviews for Norte, the End of History

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (8)

Powerful and humbling, this 2013 drama is worth every minute you're willing to give it.

Sep 4, 2014 | Full Review…

A political and spiritual parable, but related with such subtle realism and incantatory rhythms that it is far more mysterious than didactic.

Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If the movie's universal themes don't impress, its specific details do.

Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There are moments of staggering beauty and power on display here and yet there are also moments when it seems to be ambling around with no clear idea of where it wants to go.

Jun 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

More than four hours long, filmed in expansive takes with almost no close-ups and very few camera movements, Lav Diaz's "Norte, the End of History" is a tour de force of slow cinema.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

Norte is formidable cinema that doesn't shy away from exploring history, philosophy, politics and religion at length. But it's also a story of three individuals, through whom these topics gain sharper focus.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Norte, the End of History


Diaz uses mostly long shots to make a clinical study of guilt and the nature of evil, but after a solid build-up in the first hour the film is slowed down by long passages where nothing much happens and its poetic attempt at an end is frustrating in its refusal to bring the story to an actual conclusion.

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