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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)
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Director Carlos Reygadas won the Prix de la Mise en Scene at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Connections

Featured in Fear Itself (2015) See more »

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It's a Dream
Composed by Neil Young
Silver Fiddle Music / Galaxia Musical, S.A. de C.V.
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Disgusting film using gratuitous violence to animals
26 January 2020 | by jimbloggs97See all my reviews

I stopped watching this film less than 10 minutes in after the scene of an idiot beating mercilessly a young dog, not necessary, gratuitous, does nothing to validate whatever else is good, if anything, about this film or all the positive reviews it has garnered. This just shows the insensitivity of this director and introduces an irredeemable flaw to his work. Also, other hugely annoying things within these first ten minutes were the stupid portrayal of a very young girl left seemingly alone in a field with a pack of large dogs, including what looked like one of the most idiotic dogs alive and which any vaguely intelligent country would ban (the UK has, the US tolerates and encourages them, but then again the US voted for an empty-headed moron for its president), ie a pitbull plus German Shepherds, which any sensitive person would be concerned over for the child's safety. And to let this pack of dogs harass cows and horses or mules is again a demonstration, albeit a film, of stupidity. Also hugely annoying was the antiquated format of the film, and the ridiculous distortion of the edges of the film's frame as though it's trying to emulate that of a smartphone video. I've deleted this film from my collection and will approach Reygadas's other films I have with scepticism.


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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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