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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rut Reygadas ...
Rut
Mitsy Ferrand ...
Mujer dormida (as Mitsy Ferrant)
Joakim Chardonnens ...
Hombre dormido
Ander Vérez ...
El niño
Willebaldo Torres ...
El Siete
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Natalia
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Juan
Eleazar Reygadas ...
Eleazar
José Alberto Sánchez ...
El Jarro
Daniel Colorado ...
Alcoholics Anonymous
José Luis Martínez ...
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alejandro Ramírez Molina ...
Alcoholics Anonymous
Félix Robles ...
Alcoholics Anonymous
Adriana Marquina ...
Alcoholics Anonymous
Reyes Rivera ...
Alcoholics Anonymous
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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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23 November 2012 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Felhők felett  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,422 (USA) (3 May 2013)

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$38,911 (USA) (9 August 2013)
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Director Carlos Reygadas won the Prix de la Mise en Scene at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Best Director Award at Cannes
9 September 2013 | by (Upstate New York) – See 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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