THE HALT by Lav Diaz


3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5 Halfway between a political drama, a science fiction film, a satire and a film noir, THE HALT navigates through these different genres with gusto and is assuredly Lav Diaz’s most accessible film! If you're not familiar with Lav Diaz's cinema, that's the film you should start with!)

In 2034, after massive volcanic eruptions in the Celebes Sea, the sun has permanently set, plunging Southeast Asia into darkness. Madmen control every country, city and enclave. Epidemics have ravaged the continent, leaving millions dead and forcing the survivors to flee.

Presented at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, THE HALT demonstrates once again the prolific creative energy of Filipino director Lav Diaz (SEASON OF THE DEVIL, THE WOMAN WHO LEFT, DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS…) in the service of a political thought always on the move. Resorting to the codes of the genre film, he denounces abuses of power and questions individual action.

(Ang Hupa)
A film by Lav Diaz

With Piolo Pascual, Joel Lamangan, Shaina Magdayao
2019 – Philippines – Science fiction, Drama – 279 min – 1.85:1 – 5.1 Sound – Tagalog

Screenplay:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Mise en scène:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Interpretation:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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