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Post Tenebras Lux (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 November 2012 (Mexico)
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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.

Director:

Carlos Reygadas

Writer:

Carlos Reygadas (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rut Reygadas Rut Reygadas ... Rut
Mitsy Ferrand Mitsy Ferrand ... Mujer dormida (as Mitsy Ferrant)
Joakim Chardonnens Joakim Chardonnens ... Hombre dormido
Ander Vérez Ander Vérez ... El niño
Willebaldo Torres Willebaldo Torres ... El Siete
Nathalia Acevedo ... Natalia
Adolfo Jiménez Castro ... Juan
Eleazar Reygadas Eleazar Reygadas ... Eleazar
José Alberto Sánchez José Alberto Sánchez ... El Jarro
Daniel Colorado Daniel Colorado ... Alcoholics Anonymous
José Luis Martínez José Luis Martínez ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Alejandro Ramírez Molina Alejandro Ramírez Molina ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Félix Robles Félix Robles ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Adriana Marquina Adriana Marquina ... Alcoholics Anonymous
Reyes Rivera 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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light after darkness

Genres:

Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Mexico | France | Netherlands | Germany

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Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Light After Darkness See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,422, 3 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,911, 11 August 2013
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1.37 : 1
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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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Post Tenebras Lux or the amazing art of making a pretentious film by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas.
16 December 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Mexican film 'Post Tenebras Lux' begins with an amazingly surreal opening sequence.It is a very crucial part of the film as it reveals the ways in which this film's young actors have been directed. Director Carlos Reygadas has not been able to capitalize a lot on the brilliant opening shots as much of the subsequent film is muddled and reeks of pretentiousness.Elements like literature and sex have been introduced by the filmmaker to convey hidden messages. In one instance there are people trying to outsmart each other by sharing their shallow knowledge of Russian literature by quoting some of its greatest authors namely Chekov,Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. Reygadas also uses sex in order to delve deeper into pretentiousness as names of great philosophers such as Kant and Foucault are taken in order to portray a freaky encounter with strangers in a bathhouse.This film's biggest weakness is its complete absence of a clearly defined storyline which could accompany audiences in a meaningful cinematographic journey.Touted as a family film,'Post Tenebras Lux' gives the impression of merely being a convoluted personal vision of how a rich person behaves in a place surrounded by poor people with problems.The hapless audiences are puzzled as they have the right to know how the film is going to end. Hop la as it comes like a maddening shock.Watch and regret at your own perils.


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