The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017)
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Critic Reviews for The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo)
The pace is an anti-ornamental affectation that artificially distends an hour's worth of action.
Diaz has made an epic-length small film about the powerless, one full of moral urgency that he chooses to elongate and slow down to a crawl. It's a quiet consideration of grief and mercy, of control taken and freely given up.
That a film this busy can find such focus in its closing moments says that whatever Diaz's methods of inspiration and creation, he knows exactly what he's doing.
The film makes uncompromising demands on your attention and your empathy. But it is also illuminating and, in its downbeat, deliberate way, exhilarating.
The Woman Who Left may not be a movie for everyone, but if you allow yourself to settle into its leisurely tempo and marinate in its heroine's journey, it can be a richly rewarding experience.
Audience Reviews for The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo)
Diaz creates a compelling and tragic revenge tale despite its long running time, with a beautiful cinematography and great performances, even if he continues to show a disdain for pacing and makes his film seem unfocused before Horacia and Hollanda become friends.
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