Ang Babaeng Humayo


English title: The Woman Who Left

Cinema One Originals and sine olivia pilipinas, Black and white, 227 mins

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For Horacia Somorostro, living has become a veritable reclusion perpetua, an imprisonment. Life’s spins and randomness has been very difficult, vicious and inexplicable for her.

The year is 1997. Princess Diana dies in a violent car crash. The world is saddened by the death of Mother Theresa. And the Philippines is gripped with fear. It has become the kidnap capital of Asia.

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