florentinaVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.00 (2 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Lav Diaz

Cast: Hazel Orencio, Kristine Kintana, Noel Sto. Domingo, Willy Fernandez, Joel Ferrer, Dante Perez

Synopsis: In a rural area, a father forces his daughter into prostitution. Somewhere else, two men embark on a quest for a buried treasure.

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Running time: 300 mins

Trailer: None available

Reviews:

5.0         Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“Like other Diaz films, Florentina Hubaldo, CTE contains the nuances and challenges of great literature. It doesn’t beg to be watched in its entirety: its strength is its ability to remain powerful despite the inevitability of missing sequences due to its length.” (Read full review)

3.0         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“All in all, Florentina Hubaldo, CTE is in any other auteur’s filmography a worthy addition, but coming at the heels of all of Diaz’s masterworks in the last 10 years or so, it is something of a letdown.” (Read full review)