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Captive: Capturing the Dualistic Nature of Man

Captive: Capturing the Dualistic Nature of Man

Literary
By MARIA ANTIONETTE A. MALICSE IT IS naïve to think that something as complex as a human person only has a single facet. In his film Captive, Brillante Mendoza attempted to capture the dualistic nature of man, and through injecting a flare of humanity in his characterization of the members of the Abu Sayyaf, tried to highlight the inadequacies in the Philippine government, and its lack of empathic touch in its decision-making, when, if anything, it should be its core being a sovereignty which aims to build a just and humane society. The film is told through an omniscient point of view, from multiple perspectives. Though there is a protagonist in the persona of Thérèse Bourgoine (Isabelle Huppert), the narrative divulges into the experiences of almost everyone that appears on fram...