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Japón

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Mexico, Germany, Netherlands
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2002

Rated R · 2h 14m

Director Carlos Reygadas
Starring Alejandro Ferretis, Magdalena Flores, Yolanda Villa, Martín Serrano

Genre Drama

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A painter from Mexico City goes into the desert to commit suicide. He stays with an old indigenous widow in Ascen, in her house overlooking a desolate canyon. The painter oscillates between instincts of cruelty and care as he quietly reflects on the old widow’s humanity in relation to his own.

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The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Luckily Mr. Reygadas has talent to match his ambitions; or, rather, gifts that undercut them sufficiently to give his film a prickly, haunting poignancy.
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Variety by David Rooney

Its powerfully visual storytelling delivers great rewards as the meditative drama moves into increasingly complex, at times confrontational territory.
100

L.A. Weekly by John Powers

Japón, isn’t just the wildest eruption of the current Mexican film boom, it's the most fascinating new picture I've seen this year.
70

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

This strange and beautifully expressive film set in a remote Mexican canyon has nothing whatsoever to do with Japan, but its themes are as universal as they come.
70

New York Magazine (Vulture) by Peter Rainer

Reygadas is both a sophisticate and a primitive: He sets up his film as a religious allegory, with the nameless painter as a kind of suffering Christ and the old woman--whose name is Ascen, as in Ascension--as his redeemer.
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The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

A dense, challenging work by any measure, Japón snakes toward a justly celebrated final shot that's technically astonishing and immensely powerful, cementing the arrival of a promising new talent.
88

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Doesn't have the crossover appeal of the Mexican sexcapade "Y Tu Mama Tambien," but it does herald the arrival of an audacious young filmmaker. We can't wait to see what he does next.

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