Stream Lav Diaz’s “Historya ni Ha” for free this V Day 2
John Lloyd Cruz stars as ventriloquist Hernando in “Historya ni Ha”
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Lav Diaz’s language of love this Valentine’s Day: a John Lloyd movie you can stream for free

It might be a strange film to watch on V Day but it might be the best 4 hours and 33 minutes you will spend on YouTube.
ANCX Staff | Feb 13 2022

On February 14, Valentine’s Day, beginning 12 midnight, Lav Diaz’s latest movie “Historya ni Ha” will be made available to stream for free on YouTube. 

The 4-hour, 33-minute movie stars John Lloyd Cruz as the ventriloquist Hernando who comes home to 1950s Manila betrayed by his wife, his country orphaned by a president who unceremoniously passed away. The former political prisoner and his best friend, his puppet Ha, then join a troupe of oddballs that include a nun (Mae Paner), a sex worker (stage actress Dolly de Leon) and a young man (Jonathan Francisco) in search of gold in an island called Diwata. 

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The film is part of Business World and ABS-CBN News’ list of best movies of 2021. Reviewer Fred Hawson calls it a black comedy with a very steady pacing, “engaging, not boring at all.” It’s been called Lav’s strangest movie, but also his most accessible and hopeful, “often light and warm,” says Simon Petri. A love letter to bodabil, it has been described as a “profound exploration of the purpose of art and the quest to find a meaning of life when everything seems lost.” 

Watch the film below:

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