A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

"Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis" (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) is an 8-hour film written and directed by Lav Diaz. The movie theatre provides 20-minute breaks after every 2 hours. 

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It is a narration of Philippine revolution during 1895, one of the historical landscapes and source of our independence. The film has two stories being told alongside each other.

One story concentrates on Gregoria De Jesus (Hazel Orencio) search for the missing bodies of her husband “the Supremo”: Andres Bonifacio, and his brother Procopio. She was accompanied by 3 acquiantances, one of them is Caesaria Belarmino (Alessandra de Rossi), the woman who brought about the fall of the Katipunan. This is where the story was able to bring the fantasy part which has representations of the Tikbalang (played by Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino and Bernardo Bernardo) . Moreover, a religious cult led by Sebastian Caneo (Ronnie Lazaro) worships the fabled Bernardo Carpio. 


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The historic part involves the characters from Dr. Jose Rizal’s novels – Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. It is the story that trails the journey of Isagani (John Lloyd Cruz) and Crisostomo Ibarra (Piolo Pascual)  to an isolated zone to have the latter's gunshot wound treated. Ibarra is on the run for initiating revolution in his native motherland. In addition, Basilio (Sid Lucero) is looking for Elias’ missing treasures under the Balete tree. 

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This is one masterpiece that not only tackles the difficulties and struggles of the Filipino people during their fight for freedom from Spain, but also that of the struggles and quests of the Filipino people in finding what Filipino Freedom is today. 

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"Hele" is made for the Filipino people. It chants of lullabies bursting with Filipino sentiments and cries for our independence. Spend time to listen. Because no one else will pin their ears back, only us, the Filipinos.

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