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Post Tenebras Lux (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 November 2012 (Mexico)
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Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.

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Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalia Acevedo ... Natalia / Wife
Adolfo Jiménez Castro ... Juan / Husband
Rut Reygadas Rut Reygadas ... Rut / Son
Eleazar Reygadas Eleazar Reygadas ... Eleazar / daughter
Willebaldo Torres Willebaldo Torres ... Seven / El Siete
Mitsy Ferrand Mitsy Ferrand ... Mujer dormida / Sleeping woman (as Mitsy Ferrant)
Joakim Chardonnens Joakim Chardonnens ... Hombre dormido / Sleeping man
Ander Vérez Ander Vérez ... El niño / The child
José Alberto Sánchez José Alberto Sánchez ... El Jarro
Daniel Colorado Daniel Colorado ... Alcoholics Anonymous
José Luis Martínez José Luis Martínez ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Alejandro Ramírez Molina Alejandro Ramírez Molina ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Félix Robles Félix Robles ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Adriana Marquina Adriana Marquina ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Reyes Rivera Reyes Rivera ... Alcoholics Anonymous
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Storyline

Juan, a wealthy householder and Natalia are an artistic middle-class couple. They decide to change the life of the city. And they move to countryside with their two young children Eleazar and Rut for a plain and simple country life. Starting again with an ostentatious house (in comparison to the homes of the few neighbors), they initially enjoy the taste of rural life. However this change in taste begins to make the marriage crumble. The children, on the other hand, are not encumbered by previous ideas and enjoy the life offered by this bleak place. Juan begins to have contact with people who have the same ideals. Seven, a man who usually does everything in his power to survive leads him to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in a ramshackle cabin in the woods. At one stage, the couple jet off for an up-scale sex holiday in Europe, where the rooms in the bath-house are named after Hegel and Duchamp. Written by lament

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light after darkness

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Mexico | France | Netherlands | Germany

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Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Mexico) See more »

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Post Tenebras Lux See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,674, 5 May 2013

Gross USA:

$39,185

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,279
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1.37 : 1
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The two children in the movie are the real-life children of director Carlos Reygadas. The family scenes were shot at his own house. See more »

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Best Director Award at Cannes
9 September 2013 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Post Tenebras Lux (2012) is a Mexican film written and directed by Carlos Reygadas. It stars Adolfo Jiménez Castro as Juan, a sophisticated and wealthy man who lives with his wife Natalia (Nathalia Acevedo) and children is a rural area of Mexico.

The movie contains bizarre elements. Many bizarre elements.

Bizarre elements are not necessarily out of place in a movie, but none of these elements made sense to me. I couldn't see how they fit into any cohesive directorial vision. For example, every so often the movie cuts to a scene of English schoolboys playing rugby. This must be highly symbolic. My question is, Symbolic of what?

At one point Juan watches while Natalia has sex with a stranger in a steam bath. Ms. Acevedo is very beautiful. (In fact, an older woman who is facilitating the event keeps telling her how beautiful she is.) So, the scene has its merits in the visual sense. However, in terms of plot, the scene makes no sense, especially because at that point everyone is speaking French. (There is one really positive aspect to this part of the movie. It allows the reviewer to point out that this was a truly steamy sex scene.)

Director Reygadas won the Best Director Award at Cannes for this movie. The jury must still be laughing.


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