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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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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
 
Thanks
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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Featured in Ayacatzintla (2003)See more »

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Throwback, 20 March 2007
Author: cokramer from United States

Wow. Didn't think there was this type of filmmaker still out there in this century. What's even amazing is I find out this director was inspired by most of my favourite directors, most of whom see a bigger picture about humanity than others: I mean Tarkovsky, Kiarostami, Kurosawa, Bresson, etc. This movie is definitely in their tradition. First of all, the woman in the film is unbelievable in the most exalted sense of the word. She is the anchor of it all and so naturally unassuming and modest. I don't want to give anything away but as Reygadas, the director, implies in a surreal beach sequence, beautiful beyond ... I'll leave it at that. Also, the most memorable singing sequence near the end of the film with this peasant labourer after he accepts the gift of a drink from the woman during a work break from smashing up her barn (or maybe from pretend filming). I mean, who says beautiful singing has to be technically beautiful? What he sings and how he sings it beats anything I've ever seen and that says a whole bunch. Anyways, a film definitely worth seeing in view of the overinflated monetary and materialistic attitudes of this new order world of ours. What is it we want? Can we really have everything? That's just one of the many questions posed to us from Reygada's film. Stick with it. The film may seem sluggish at the beginning but it might just blow you right out of the water (or cesspool) in the second half. I'd give it a perfect ten if I were more spiritual but Doestoevsky, most of us are not. Reygadas comes damn close though.

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