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Our Time(Nuestro tiempo)

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Mexico, France, Germany
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2018

2h 57m

Director Carlos Reygadas
Starring Carlos Reygadas, Natalia López, Phil Burgers, Maria Hagerman

Genre Drama

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Set in a traditional world of bullfighting ranches in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, “Where Life is Born” tells the story of Juan and Ester, a couple who have an open relationship, and the problems that arise when Ester falls in love with another man and Juan struggles to meet the expectations he has of himself.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

This navel-gazing epic is maddeningly distancing at almost every turn, lacking the spiritual and existential breadth of even Reygadas’ most impenetrable work. Running a prolix three hours, it feels like being trapped in somebody else’s crisis unfolding in real time.
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The Film Stage by Ethan Vestby

While the film can be tough to endure, one does come away feeling like the artist behind it genuinely went for something instead of recycling cliches. Our Time perhaps does give one enough hope that, yes, the next one will be better.
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Variety by Jay Weissberg

Die-hard acolytes will argue that the camerawork transcends or even complements the storyline; most everyone else will wonder what happened to an auteur whose work was awaited with such eager anticipation.
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Screen International by Jonathan Romney

A film of considerable visual poetry and, at times, grandeur, Our Time is unmistakably the work of the ambitious, visionary director behind Battle In Heaven and Stellet Licht, but as a Bergmanesque drama of emotional anguish, the solemn, militantly downbeat Our Time often makes oppressive viewing and at times struggles to justify its nearly three-hour length.
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IndieWire by Michael Nordine

Nuestro tiempo ultimately feels like an extended couples-therapy session that we were invited to by mistake, with Reygadas playing both doctor and patient in a conflict of interest that goes unresolved.

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