Post Tenebras Lux
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Time Out says
Tue Mar 19 2013
The fourth film from Mexican director Carlos Reygadas after ‘Japón’, ‘Battle in Heaven’ and ‘Silent Light’ is his most experimental yet. It tells of a well-off family in rural Mexico, newly arrived from the city – Juan (Adolfo Jiménez Castro), his wife Natalia (Nathalia Acevedo) and their two young kids. But the film takes a card-shuffle approach to time and place from beginning to end. One minute, we’re watching Juan and Natalia deal with creeping middle age and problems at home; the next we’re dealing with flashes forward and backward to rugby matches at an English school, an orgy in an European spa or a dream involving a Pink Panther-like red devil. The film’s said to be autobiographical, but that’s entirely left to us to guess.
Sort-of clear are the themes of ‘Post Tenebras Lux’ – psychological and geographical dislocation and the weight of the past on the present – even if its events are not. Maybe you have to see Reygadas’s film – which won him the Best Director prize at last year’s Cannes – twice even to begin to understand it. But whether you will surely will depend on your appetite for his oblique style of storytelling.
Author: Dave Calhoun
Cast and crew
Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Kirk Acevedo, Jaime Torres