Insiang (1976)

First Filipino film ever to screen officially at the Cannes Film Festival and directed by the legendary Lino Brocka - Insiang is the cuttingly powerful revenge story of a teenager in poverty raped by her mother's lover.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1976
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

"Insiang" is as much a national captivity narrative as it is a very specific suffering-woman saga (with shades of the classic maternal melodrama).

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

This intense, furious melodrama, by the Filipino director Lino Brocka, fuses its narrative energy with documentary veracity.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Lino Brocka's portrait of familial treachery and societal abandonment channels its melodrama through the filter of neorealism.

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Randy Tippy
Peel away the $13 budget, the atrocious scoring and the unnecessarily long sequences shot inside a slaughterhouse and what you have left is a compelling story,… More
Ivan Descartin
Powerful Shakesperean tragedy with the slums as the primary setting in this Brocka film. "Insiang" is the evidence that Lino Brocka is a master, not… More