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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Critic Reviews for Norte, the End of History
Powerful and humbling, this 2013 drama is worth every minute you're willing to give it.
A political and spiritual parable, but related with such subtle realism and incantatory rhythms that it is far more mysterious than didactic.
If the movie's universal themes don't impress, its specific details do.
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.
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.
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.