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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:
Nathalia Acevedo ... Natalia / Wife
Rut Reygadas Rut Reygadas ... Rut
Adolfo Jiménez Castro ... Juan / Husband
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 / The seven
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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | France | Netherlands | Germany

Language:

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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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References The Pink Panther (1993) See more »

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It's a Dream
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Haunting Expressionist Art
16 January 2014 | by briandoering86See all my reviews

An urban family, having moved to the countryside of Mexico, experiences raw drama and ambiguous fantasy in this cinematically fresh and rewarding film by Reygadas. The cinematography is ethereal and at times haunting when combined with such unsettling imagery. That's not to say the films imagery is horrifying in itself. The imagery of Post Tenebras Lux is unsettling in that it's picturesque and lush while also being new and confounding. This is partially due to it's hypnotic, almost tunnel vision take on the 4:3 ratio. This way of presenting the story only adds to it's mysterious nature. The narrative in itself is overtly expressionist as it's partial auto-biographical and moves with fluidity removed from reasoning. It's a film that's entrancing and bewildering at the same time - an atmosphere that just seems to work. It certainly worked to make one of the most original films of the year.


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