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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Carlos Reygadas

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Carlos Reygadas (screenplay)
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Nathalia Acevedo ... Natalia / Wife
Adolfo Jiménez Castro ... Juan / Husband
Rut Reygadas Rut Reygadas ... Rut / Son
Eleazar Reygadas Eleazar Reygadas ... Eleazar / daughter
Willebaldo Torres Willebaldo Torres ... Seven / El Siete
Mitsy Ferrand Mitsy Ferrand ... Mujer dormida / Sleeping woman (as Mitsy Ferrant)
Joakim Chardonnens Joakim Chardonnens ... Hombre dormido / Sleeping man
Ander Vérez Ander Vérez ... El niño / The child
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, a wealthy householder and Natalia are an artistic middle-class couple. They decide to change the life of the city. And they move to countryside with their two young children Eleazar and Rut for a plain and simple country life. Starting again with an ostentatious house (in comparison to the homes of the few neighbors), they initially enjoy the taste of rural life. However this change in taste begins to make the marriage crumble. The children, on the other hand, are not encumbered by previous ideas and enjoy the life offered by this bleak place. Juan begins to have contact with people who have the same ideals. Seven, a man who usually does everything in his power to survive leads him to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in a ramshackle cabin in the woods. At one stage, the couple jet off for an up-scale sex holiday in Europe, where the rooms in the bath-house are named after Hegel and Duchamp.

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light after darkness

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Drama

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The two children in the movie are the real-life children of director Carlos Reygadas. The family scenes were shot at his own house. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) 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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Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Mexico) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,674, 5 May 2013

Gross USA:

$39,185

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,279
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