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1,771 Ratings

Post Tenebras Lux

Directed by Carlos Reygadas
Mexico, France, 2012


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…

Post Tenebras Lux Directed by Carlos Reygadas
The film is smart enough to avoid suggesting that Juan is simplistically redeemed by his familial devotion or, on the contrary, that his sins taint his human potential; instead, Reygadas sidesteps the level of judgment entirely by evading the shackles of A-B narrative structure and inhabiting the schizophrenic consciousness of his lead character.
June 29, 2013
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The first thirty minutes of the film are completely stunning: visually gorgeous, disturbing, moving, intriguing… But then something happens—an ambivalence, perhaps, on the part of the director about the message at the core of his fable—and the film morphs into something looser, lighter and less focused.
May 24, 2013
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Though he has returned to the same preoccupations… time and again, sometimes with a singular obsession that grows tiresome, Reygadas here continually startles and delights. There’s an intuitive quality to the filmmaking: perspectives shift and move invisibly and fluidly, and time seems not a concern at all. Reygadas grounds his formal play in recognizable roman à clef elements, so that even when [the film] is at its most obtuse, it isn’t long before a pocket of relative lucidity arrives.
May 03, 2013
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