Norte, the End of History ★★★★

The two big talking points about the latest film by Filipino director Lav Diaz are its running time (250 minutes, slender by the director’s standards) and its apparent source material: Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 'Crime and Punishment', that old chestnut of existential literature which was written 150 years ago yet feels applicable to any time and place in history. For instance, the Philippines circa now, where a law student murders a mean-spirited moneylender and gets away scot-free while an innocent man is incarcerated for the crime.


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