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Norte, The End Of History review

Diaz's crime epic is a must-see

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Acclaimed Filipino director Lav Diaz has made films ranging between five and eight hours, so his latest, clocking in at a mere four-hours-and-10-minutes, and his first in colour, is a walk in the park. A transposition of Dostoevsky’s Crime And Punishment , it sees disillusioned intellectual Fabian (Sid Lucero) commit a violent crime and allow unemployed family man Joaquin (Archie Alemania) to be imprisoned for it.

Unfolding in lengthy, frequently static takes, it accrues tremendous character detail, thematic heft and emotional intensity while presenting a country broken by abject poverty, political corruption and half-baked ideologies. Superb.

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Editor-at-Large, Total Film

Jamie Graham is the Editor-at-Large of Total Film magazine. You'll likely find them around these parts reviewing the biggest films on the planet and speaking to some of the biggest stars in the business – that's just what Jamie does. Jamie has also written for outlets like SFX and the Sunday Times Culture, and appeared on podcasts exploring the wondrous worlds of occult and horror.