Pascal Grenier for Cinetalk.net
After 30 years of imprisonment for a crime she didn’t commit, a sixty-year old woman plans to take revenge on her ex-boyfriend.
Golden Lion at Venice International Film Festival 2016, this 226-minutes long drama from Filipino auteur Lav Diaz is absorbing and powerful. Despite its revenge thematic, it is a story of forgiveness and transcendence, concentrating on emotions and feelings while avoiding melodrama. It evolves through various encounters that develop between this sorrowful woman and, notably, a drunken hunchback ballot-seller and a transvestite male prostitute. One of the strongest attraction in Diaz’film is the performance by lead actress Charo Santos-Concio, wonderful in the title role. After a 17-year break from films, she makes a strong comeback.
The Woman Who Left is a minimalist work shot almost entirely with large static or master shots in beautiful monochrome black & white. While its running time and slow pace may obviously put-off some viewers, it is nonetheless rewarding as an immersive tale on gratitude and reconciliation.
October 16, 7:00 PM (Cinématheque québécoise)