Released in 1997 after spending 30 years in prison, Horacia (Charo Santos-Concio) encounters a very alien world: her husband has passed away and though she has reconnected with her daughter, she cannot find her son. But she soon recognizes what hasn't changed: the power and privilege of the elites – a fact that is brought painfully home when she realizes that her aristocratic former lover, Rodrigo Trinidad, set her up for the crime for which she was imprisoned. Ironically, he is now something of a prisoner himself, though his cage is considerably more gilded: like his other rich friends, he is housebound due to a recent rash of kidnappings targeting the wealthy. While they are entirely irrelevant to Horacia and those she befriends, for the ruling class the kidnapping incidents represent the greatest crisis in the country's history. Horacia takes advantage of this hysteria as she begins to plot her revenge.
“Lav Diaz has dissected Filipino history with exhaustive and clinical precision, unearthing the currents that have shaped the country today. With his new film The Woman Who Left, Diaz offers an incisive study of the distance between rich and poor, past and present.“
Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Film Festival
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