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

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

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This film, though not close to perfect is a beautifully crafted work that uses cinema to create poetry.
18 October 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film, though not close to perfect is a beautifully crafted work that uses cinema to create poetry. It seems that the director might have been heavily influenced by Italian neorealist cinema (think de Sica) and uses nonprofessional actors who convincingly take on their roles. The story explores sex and romance among people normally associated with being at the end of their lives and no longer in need of that type of affection. The older woman lead is brilliant, and the cinematography captures the unromanticized bleakness of life in rural Mexico. The problem with the film is that it seems a bit pretentious when it becomes too cryptic. Also, at times, the story meanders, and I still don't get the title but overall a solid piece of work and a nice respite from big-budget Hollywood films.


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