Flick Review: Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis

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4/3/2016 9:03:57 PM

Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to Sorrowful Mystery) will go down as one of the longest movie ever produced, and seen by the viewing public. Perhaps, one of the longest for Lav Diaz, too; considering the indie filmmaker creates longer-than-daily-life pictures.

Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan for instance, was four hours and 10 minutes long; Mula Sa Kung Ano Noon spawned close to six hours. Melancholia spans 7.5 hours, while Evolution of A Filipino Family was 593 minutes long! Either way, they’re longer than the conventional type of film. Heck, they’re even longer than WrestleMania!


Anyway, as the 490 minute film progress from start to finish, you already know this is not just an ordinary film even if it’s backed up by a big-time firm Star Cinema. It is produced with a convergence of multiple film producers, something we might have yet to know unless we have seen the credits carefully or researched Wikipedia.

At this point, the actors and actresses in the other tale, specifically Susan Africa and Alessandra de Rossi stood out among the rest. Heck, they even overshadowed the headliner thespians John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual at all. In addition, Hazel Orencio, Angel Aquino, and even Bernardo Bernardo were exceptionally-notable on doing their roles.
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It’s tough to ponder on several questions; like on how Andres Bonifacio’s remains still remains to be seen after 30 days of sojourn? How did it affect Oryang? How tough was Ceasaria to be a woman (more heroic than all of those revolutionary soldiers) and admit her participation at the Fall of Silang? How the Tikbalangs made a fool of everyone about Bernardio Carpio, agimats, and even playing mind games with Oryang and co.? How Isagani shelved his temper against Simeoun?

And after a month of everything, we could only ask “Bakit Tiyo?”


But apart from that, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis was the very example of showcasing the reflection we have in the country right now; all that despite combining the mixtures of fictional literature, historical controversies, religious fanaticism and those mythological creatures we used to be told by those ancient folklore.

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