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Release Date:
2 October 2002 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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16 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Intense story, well performed by non-professional actors See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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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Directed by
Carlos Reygadas 
 
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Carlos Reygadas 

Produced by
Carlos Reygadas .... producer
Jaime Romandia .... co-producer
Carlos Serrano Azcona .... associate producer
Gerardo Tagle .... line producer
 
Cinematography by
Diego Martínez Vignatti 
Thierry Tronchet 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Melguizo 
Carlos Serrano Azcona 
David Torres 
 
Production Design by
Elsa Díaz 
Alejandro Reygadas 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Ezpeleta .... second assistant director
Bertrand Roland .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gilles Laurent .... sound
Jorge Lerner .... sound re-recording mixer
Ramón Moreira .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jackson Elizondo .... gaffer
Diego Martínez Vignatti .... camera operator
Thierry Tronchet .... chief camera operator
 
Other crew
Rubio Marco .... production assistant
 
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Arvo Pärt .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Japón" - Mexico (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some strong sexuality, nudity and language (cut)
Runtime:
130 min | Argentina:132 min | Canada:122 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Netherlands:143 min | USA:122 min | UK:133 min | USA:128 min (unrated version)
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Director Carlos Reygadas financed the initial shoot of $50,000 himself.See more »
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Intense story, well performed by non-professional actors, 13 August 2002
Author: serena.s from Melbourne, Australia

My reactions to this film are on two levels. On one level the director has shown great skill in his handling of his cast, whom I presume mostly to be inhabitants of the locale. He was less successful in developing the story, particularly in developing the motivations of the characters. The denouement was clumsily handled and seems as much an accident in the screenplay as in it is in the film. On another level, the cinematography was technically atrocious. Presumably intentionally so, for I cannot perceive anybody showing such little technical skill getting the job (mind, I have known one guy who got such a job without even knowing how to determine exposure). There are lengthy tracking shots that are unwatchable on the big screen. There are many 360 blurred pans and many out of focus shots. I got to waiting, during these lengthy out of focus shots to see what in-focus thing would eventually move into frame. One presumes that everybody knows about depth of field and pulling focus, so I guess the director intended to suggest mystery (which he did: what is the mystery object that the camera is focused on?). In many ways this film rehashes techniques of 50s European "reality" films (eg. Bicycle Thieves, The Goatherd, etc), but less successfully. Presently there is a fashion for rough cinematography - bumpy hand held, soft, muddy in the belief that this represents "truth" (compared to Hollywood slickness). In fact, it distracts the viewer from the story.

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