Juan, his wife, and his children live deep in the countryside of Mexico. As his relationship with his wife strains and he grapples with old memories and violent urges, a devil stalks the land and a horrific crime slowly brews…
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This will either destroy you, frustrate you, or provide a compelling experience. For me, it was the type of movie I wanted to get lost in and did. It ain't easy to sit through but if you can stomach it might be the visual hypnotization of the year! You know something devilish is at foot when a landscape drama is shot on 4X3! Give it a chance!
I don't think I saw the same film everyone is talking about. I saw a probing, philosophical film about interior/exterior in the context of contemporary Mexican class divides and Western family structures. Was so in love, so impressed!
Such unnatural form of filmmaking that tries too hard to be avant-garde with the result of the spectator having to make a tremendous effort to enter the film and its universe. As much as I was drawn to it by the critique and the cinematography I couldn't bear a third of the film.
Saw this years ago, and couldn't decide if I loved it or hated it; most likely both. There was no doubting that in a time of often stale and conventional feature films, that this was one of the most unique works for years. After rewatching this again, apart from the opening scene which is one of the greatest, if not greatest, I have seen in narrative cinema; there wasn't much else to follow of interest.
I recognize this style as deeply personal. Symbols and situations which may or may not resonate with you. Personally I find the symbol of the devil quite tiresome. The ultimate scapegoat. There's a lot of interesting images, but nothing holds together, and like a lot of dreams, it quickly fades into nothingness. Still, I am interested in seeing some of his other films.
I absolutely loved this movie and the experience of watching it and I got really surprised with all these bad reviews and poor ratings. Usually that would made me rethink the movie a little as if something were wrong with me but it didn't happen at all - actually, I really can't see the reasons for all the disliking, and I think I like it even more. Guess I finally got rid of that stupid habit!
Beautiful, beguiling film-making here that's clearly in line with Tarkovsky's teachings. This one is all about atmosphere and here it is dripping thick, rich textural and full of wisdom. The photography is absolutely top notch and a joy to behold. 4 stars