The Woman Who Left


The Main 5 Sun, Apr 16, 2017 12:30 PM
The Main 5 Wed, Apr 19, 2017 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Voice Category:Film on the Fringe
Release Year:2016
Runtime:226 min
Festivals & Awards:Golden Lion: Best Film - Venice Film Festival
Print Source:Kino Lorber
Director:Lav Diaz
Producer:Ronald Arguelles
Lav Diaz
Cinematographer:Lav Diaz
Screenwriter:Lav Diaz
Leo Tolstoy
Editor:Lav Diaz
Principal Cast:Charo Santos-Concio
John Lloyd Cruz
Michael de Mesa
Nonie Buencamino
Shamaine Buencamino
Mae Paner
Filmography:Melancholia ('08)
the End of History ('13)
From What Is Before ('14)


After spending three decades in prison for a crime that she did not commit, Horacia Somorostro is finally released to a world she does not understand. Her husband has died, and her son is missing. But one thing remains the same: the wealthy still hold all the cards in modern day Philippines. When Horacia discovers that she was set up by a former wealthy lover, she plots revenge. Discovering that he is bound to self-imprisonment in his luxury apartment due to a wave of kidnappings targeting the rich—which the upper classes consider to be the most serious problem in the country’s history—Horacia sees an opening for the perfect vengeance. Starring Charo Santos-Concio, one of the Philippines' most beloved actresses (and the President and CEO of the largest entertainment company there), and directed by Lav Diaz, whose four-hour Norte, The End of History was a 2014 MSPIFF favorite.


”The latest supersized opus from Filipino maximalist Lav Diaz is a powerful and, by his standards, refreshingly contained moral study.” - Variety

”A powerful, thoughtful melodrama that pulls you into its world and delivers a number of irresistible emotional coups. - Screen International

Director’s Statement

What shapes us as human beings?
The inspiration of the story is Tolstoy's God Sees the Truth but Waits. I've read the story a long, long time ago. I only remember the premise now. I already forgot the story and the names of the characters. I remember that what really struck me when I read it was that neither of us really understands life. We don't really know. This is one of the most essential truths of existence. Or, some of us can at least feel a continuum, that things that we do can be consequential. And more often, we abide and succumb to life's randomness.

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