Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.25 (4 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Experimental

Writer/Director: Lav Diaz

Cast: Evelyn Vargas, Sigrid Bernardo, Dante Perez, Hazel Orencio, Joel Ferrer

Synopsis: A prostitute (Sigrid Bernardo) patiently waits for a customer. A musician (Diaz) plays various melodies for nobody. Three petty criminals (Dante Perez, Evelyn Vargas, and Joel Ferrer) are preparing for a heist. A woman (Hazel Orencio) from the country’s past suddenly appears in a busy marketplace, venturing then to fountains, rivers and other watery places. The storylines eventually converge, revealing characters whose lives are consumed by desperation, forcing them to venture into territories that compromise relationships and whatever remains of their fractured humanity. (From Oggs Cruz’s review)

Running time: 80 mins.

Review:

3.5        Oggs Cruz (Twitch Film)

Elehiya is clearly Diaz’s lament to what the country and its citizens have become. More importantly, it is also his ode to those who continue with the revolution, notwithstanding their songs being unheard, their images being unseen, and their impassioned calls being unfelt.” (Read full review)

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3.5        Princess Kinoc (Cinephiles)

“Not bad for a first time Lav Diaz film I’ve ever seen. Although narinig ko na voice niya dati e nagustuhan ko naman to. Di ko malagyan ng genre. Pero I like the symbolism. :)”

3.0        Epoy Deyto (Cinephiles)

“Hindi ko siya nagustuhan nung una dahil hindi siya yung typical Lav film, in not so good way. Pero gusto ko yung treatment niya sa dream sequences this time, dati kasi, napaghihiwalay mo pa yung dream to actual scenes (on Burger Boys, Hubad, Batang West Side, and Ebolusyon. Pero nonetheless, its just an ok film. Still waiting for Babae ng Hangin and Siglo.

3.0        Skilty Labastilla (Musings from Three Time Zones)

“Finely crafted. Ultimately though, it feels like a B-side work when compared to Lav Diaz’s oeuvre in the 2000s.”