"Someday there'll be a time for us. Time together with time to spare. Time to learn, time to care. Someday, somewhere. We'll find a new way of living will find there's a way of forgiving.”
One of the best films of the century, surely. In this feature Lav Diaz has such a defined use of light. The idea of hope being accompanied by this blinding light within the frame is utilized as specifically as within single lines of dialogue. Charo Santos-Concio grapples with faith and redemption in this way that has so much hope, yet it’s enough of an upward battle to make the tone not overly sappy and simplistic.
The Woman Who Left is the stunning mixture of slow and contemplative cinema and emotionally telling and operatic storytelling. Everything about The Woman Who Left is staggering. Off to watch Melancholia, see you in seven hours!