Manila in the Claws of Light

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  • 125 minutes, Philippines, In Filipino, Tagalog, w/ Engilsh subtitles, Drama, Mystery
  • Rated NR: _

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Tuesday, January 15th


Manila in the Claws of Light

“Widely (and understandably) considered one of the pinnacles of Filipino cinema, Lino Brocka’s devastating, recently restored 1975 melodrama opens with several stunning, grainy black-and-white shots of Manila, striking a beautiful balance between on-the-ground verisimilitude and fable-like eeriness. As the images morph into color (very urban Wizard of Oz), we meet 21-year-old Julio (Bembol Roco), a fisherman who has traveled from his coastal idyll in pursuit of Ligaya (Hilda Koronel), the woman he loves. She was taken from her home with promises of a better life, but Julio has learned that she was actually sold into the employ of a Chinese pimp.” Time Out, Keith Uhlich

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