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A man on the brink of suicide regains the will to live under decidedly unusual circumstances in this drama from Mexico. A quietly despondent man (Alejandro Ferretis) leaves behind the city for a journey into a quiet village in the valley, telling anyone who cares to know that once he's settled in, he intends to kill himself. The man takes a room with Ascen (Magdalena Flores), and elderly woman who lost her husband some years ago. Keeping to himself, the man paints, thinks, and prepares himself for death, while Ascen slowly becomes aware of the depth of his depression. As Ascen's nephew… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you're in synch with its heartbeat, and with Reygadas' tendency to pursue visual detours that intensify the film's sensual impact, this is a remarkable first effort that is equal parts disturbing, bold, mysterious and primal."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Reygadas grapples with the most elemental of issues ... and the result is sly, touching and more than a little loony."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"obese in length and overflowing in pretension like so many prototypical art films"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The sacrificed female body is used to resurrect a condemned soul and with her ascension comes the spiritual renewal of (The) Man."
‑ Moira Sullivan, FilmFestivals.com
"The one thing that is clear from Japón is that a major new visual stylist has hit the screen and that Reygadas' first film represents the beginning of an auspicious career."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Unfolding at an elliptical pace that feels like a revelation, or tedium, or both, Japon recalls the glory days of 1970s art-house filmmaking."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"It is the work of a remarkable new talent."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"Nothing shy of enthralling."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"An obscure and haunting and unpredictable parable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's not a movie to see if you're in a hurry, but its deliberate pace and thoughtful mood are refreshing antidotes to the hyperactive speed of most Hollywood pictures."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Unlike a lot of young filmmakers, the 31-year-old Reygadas takes his ideas about the world and our place in it as seriously as his filmmaking ambitions."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"Reygadas has an impressive eye for otherworldly landscapes and an impressive ear, too."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Its pretensions have the ring of, if not exactly a vanity project, a strictly personal obsession."
‑ Nick Carter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"All these references, though, form a jambalaya that doesn't go down so easy."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Strange and beautifully expressive."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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