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Japón (2002)

R | | Drama | 4 April 2003 (Mexico)
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.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas
16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alejandro Ferretis ... The man
Magdalena Flores ... Ascen
Yolanda Villa ... Sabina
Martín Serrano Martín Serrano ... Juan Luis
Rolando Hernández ... The judge
Bernabe Pérez Bernabe Pérez ... The singer
Fernando Benítez Fernando Benítez ... Fernando
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlo Reygadas Barquín Carlo Reygadas Barquín ... The hunter
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's title only appears 13 minutes in. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK release has 58 seconds (2 scenes of actual animal cruelty) cut out in accordance with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ayacatzintla (2003) See more »

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Intense story, well performed by non-professional actors
13 August 2002 | by serena.sSee all my reviews

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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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,050 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,562, 23 March 2003

Gross USA:

$21,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$206,784
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.88 : 1
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