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Post Tenebras Lux

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Mexico, France, Netherlands
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2012

1h 55m

Director Carlos Reygadas
Starring Adolfo Jimenez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo, Willebaldo Torres, Rut Reygadas

Genre Drama

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Juan, his wife, and his children live deep in the countryside of Mexico. As his relationship with his wife strains and he grapples with old memories and violent urges, a devil stalks the land and a horrific crime slowly brews.

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Variety by

The title, signifying “light after darkness,” derives from the Latin translation of the Book of Job, an appropriate source given that a considerable amount of the prophet’s proverbial patience is required. Not that the pic doesn’t have its frequent rewards.
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Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

Carlos Reygadas's latest, an almost impossibly intellectual film, keeps us at a remove that's as striking as that which separates its main character from the lower classes.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The issue with Post Tenebras Lux is that the narrative, not the filmmaker, feels dispiritedly half-baked.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Neil Young

Pretty pictures alone do not in themselves great cinema make - not for the first time, Reygadas' waywardly wilful approach to screenwriting and structure severely outweighs whatever fleeting pleasures his movies may impart.
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The Playlist by Simon Abrams

Post Tenebras Lux is certainly unique, but Reygadas is often intensely more interested in provoking his audience than actually fleshing out his heady ideas.

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