The Woman Who Left

Ang Babaeng Humayo


Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm
Tivoli Theatre

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s epic story of revenge deferred functions as a tale of class warfare. After 30 years in prison, Horacia (Charo Santos-Concio) discovers that her friend and fellow inmate committed the murder for which she was wrongly convicted. The revelation leads to Horacia’s release and the identification of the man who framed her. While searching for her missing son Junior, she becomes reacquainted with her homeland — the Philippines — and finds that its inhabitants are terrorized by corruption and rampant kidnappings. Despite Horacia’s generous personality, the unfairness of her situation and the ills of her country stir feelings of revenge. Inspired by Tolstoy, “The Woman Who Left” is a sensitive expression of family and forgiveness. A.O. Scott writes in the New York Times: “Shot in a black-and-white palette that evokes both Italian neorealism and old television, ‘The Woman Who Left’ is carefully composed and hauntingly beautiful to behold. Like Mr. Diaz’s earlier work, it is long and slow-moving, but at nearly four hours it feels less like a test of your endurance than an appeal to your appetite for character, incident and emotion.”

226 min.
English, Japanese & Filipino

Directed by

Lav Diaz

Film Category

Asian Focus International Spotlight