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Time Out says

Perhaps too self-conscious a stab at a 'great' movie, Reygadas' debut is nevertheless an impressive, engrossing account of a man - a little lame, probably in his sixties, possibly an artist - who travels to a remote valley with thoughts of suicide. Renting a room in an elderly woman's house high above a village, he slowly rediscovers, through a tangle of unexpected emotions, the will to live. Little is explicit in this slow, measured, parable-like film; we're left to deduce motivation from a telling use of music (memorably the final movement from Shostakovich's 15th and Pärt's Cantus), landscape (shot in Super16 'Scope), and the performances of an almost wholly non-pro cast of local peasants. Mesmerising - even after one drunken actor hilariously shatters suspension of disbelief with a whinge about the crew.
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Release Details

  • Duration:134 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Carlos Reygadas
  • Screenwriter:Carlos Reygadas
  • Cast:
    • Alejandro Ferretis
    • Magdalena Flores
    • Yolanda Villa
    • Martín Serrano
    • Rolando Hernández
    • Bernabé Pérez
    • Carlos Reygadas Barquín
    • Fernando Benítez
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