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Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan (2013)

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Pagharap Sa Hangganan ng Lahat ng May Sinag at Saysay ng Buhay

Ni Benilda S. Santos

Sa dulo ng mahigit sa apat na oras na pag-ikot ng pelikulang Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan, paglabas ni Fabian (Sid Lucero) sa silid ng kapatid na babae pagkaraang halayin niya ito, at pagkalipas ng wari hindi na magsasarang huling eksena ng pagkakadukmo ng lalaki sa isang tabi ng kasukalan hindi kalayuan sa masinop, malinis, at maaliwalas na tahanan ng angkang Viduya sa Laoag, at matapos niyang isunod at umugin hanggang sa maputulan ng hininga ang asong tagabantay ng malawak na lupain ng mga magulang, naagnas na nang tuluyan ang nalalabi niyang pagsisikap na ipunin sa sentido ang isang identidad at pagkakakilanlan na bibigkis sana sa kanyang hatol, bait, at muni.

Paano nauwi sa trahedya ang isang katulad ni Fabian na kay laki ng pag-asang magkaroon ng buhay na kung tawagin ay may “magandang hinaharap”? Ayon nga sa karaniwang pansin, “nasa kanya naman ang lahat.” Read complete review