A special film and a unique experience without any doubts. Light after darkness, the film shows the darkness of reality and the freshness of being alive in a poetic way. The opening 10-minutes long take of the girl in the mud surrounded by animals is simply breathtaking.
D'une lourde complaisance, alimentée par un narcissisme omnipotent, véhiculant un symbolisme abscons et ridicule, l'ensemble ne mérite qu'un grand éclat de rire narquois, par sa dérisoire tentative de formater son film avec les discutables certitudes de la philosophie quantique... www.cinefiches.com
Confounding and mystical all at once. A few scenes profoundly moved me, the opening scenes of the child in the field, the innocence of the wife at the piano. But then so many scenes confounded me. I wasn't sure about this film. It has all of Reygadas constants, poetic spirituality, raw sexuality, and a dream like sequencing, but I found it difficult to find a unifying thread.
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.