West Side Avenue ★★★★★

What a fantastic and refreshing film! 'Batang West Side' is a sparse and complex epic that weaves through its narrative like a lucid dream. Lav Diaz's 2001 opus is a triumph in filmmaking and creative storytelling. 'Batang' is the 21st Century's answer to Jacques Rivette's masterpiece 'Out 1'. With 'Batang' Lav Diaz has created a truly outstanding and transcendant work of pure art.

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