The society of respected film critics that hands out the annual Gawad Urian in cinematic excellence

Melancholia (2008)

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MELANCHOLIA SA ‘MELANCHOLIA’
NI ROLANDO B. TOLENTINO

SA MGA REBYU ng “Melancholia,” laging dinidiin ang kalungkutan na pumapaimbalot sa mga buhay ng tauhan, ng produksyon ng sining at katotohanan sa gitna ng matinding politikal na panunupil ng komersyal na cinema (negosyo) at ng gobyerno. Ang huling dalawa ang bumubuo ng estado ng bansa, ang black hole na humihigop sa lahat ng mga anak at mamamayan nito sa pagdalumat sa kolektibo at individual na buhay bilang kalungkutan. Read complete review

PHILIPPINE CINEMA AS MEDITATION AND METAPHYSICS
BY LITO B. ZULUETA

LAV DIAZ’S MELANCHOLIA provides a sweeping fillip and summing-up to the aesthetics he has stubbornly maintained and that has always baffled audiences. A mordant movie that is part pastorale, part meditation, and part social commentary, there is no other film like it, except for the previous movies he has done— sweeping narrative movies that seem determined to break the standard idea of a regular feature movie that’s all but told in just 90 minutes more or less. Read complete review