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Japan (2002)
"Japón" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  4 April 2003 (Mexico)
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A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness, he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old, religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken, love grows.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alejandro Ferretis ...
The man
Magdalena Flores ...
Ascen
Yolanda Villa ...
Sabina
Martín Serrano ...
Juan Luis
Rolando Hernández ...
The judge
Bernabe Pérez ...
The singer
Fernando Benítez ...
Fernando
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlo Reygadas Barquín ...
The hunter
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A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness, he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old, religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken, love grows.

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Drama

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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4 April 2003 (Mexico)  »

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Budget:

$250,050 (estimated)
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2.66 : 1
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Director Carlos Reygadas financed the initial shoot of $50,000 himself. See more »

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A movie that should have been lost
20 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

When one of your "actors" breaks the fourth wall and talks about the film crew you should cut it out.

When you have horses having sex on camera with kids watching, do we need to watch it for five minutes?

When you have a character masterbating on screen, there are better ways to show it than to stay in a shot that has his penis in it. Einstein anyone. Juxtaposition of images is really lost on the director here. It is brutally obvious that this is his first movie.

I read that someone (Cannes actually) thought this movie was techniclly brilliant-- it's not. Only someone that hasn't ever made a film could mistake this as technical brilliance. Panning off into the distance every so often isn't even a style when it's out of focus. The color jumps noticably in cuts. It's poorly edited, and the last shot that everyone thought was so good is easy to replicate, although I can't imagine ever wanting to.


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