‘Norte, the End of History’
Measured even in its despair, Lav Diaz’s four-hour magnum opus draws on Dostoyevsky to ponder the nature of evil and what he’s called “the birth of fascism” in the Philippines. A know-it-all nihilist and law school dropout takes it upon himself to educate his former colleagues—and commit a murder for which a luckless street vendor takes the rap. The locations in and around Ferdinand Marcos’s hometown set up an analogy between the former dictator and the killer. The widescreen, full color mise-en-scene has intimations of Fifties melodrama but the music is visual.
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