PRINT December 2013

FILM: Best of 2013

James Quandt

Lav Diaz, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, the End of History), 2013, digital video, color, sound,
250 minutes.

1 NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (Lav Diaz) Lav Diaz’s Dostoyevskian mini-epic—at four hours, a mere sip for this hitherto-oceanic filmmaker—may prove the greatest work of the Philippine New Wave.

2 ’TIL MADNESS DO US PART (Wang Bing) This unfortunately named but excoriating documentary examines a mental institution in southwest China, the inmates of which include the insane, the defiant, and the simply inconvenient.

3 TROIS EXERCISES D’INTERPRÉTATION (Cristi Puiu) Cristi Puiu’s witty trio of extempore acting workshops in Toulouse recalls Éric Rohmer’s late portraits of amorous delusion and self-defeat.

4 WHAT NOW? REMIND ME (Joaquim Pinto) The slug that pulls its soft body across the screen in real time in the opening shot portends the patience required to watch Joaquim Pinto’s protracted self- commemoration. Recording his deterioration from AIDS and cirrhosis, Pinto submits

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