Post Tenebras Lux
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POST TENEBRAS LUX ("light after darkness"), ostensibly the story of an upscale, urban family whose move to the Mexican countryside results in domestic crises and class friction, is a stunningly photographed, impressionistic psychological portrait of a family and their place within the sublime, unforgiving natural world. Reygadas conjures a host of unforgettable, ominous images: a haunting sequence at dusk as Reygadas's real-life daughter wanders a muddy field and farm animals loudly circle and thunder and lightning threaten; a glowing-red demon gliding through the rooms of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"Reygadas' jagged, broken-logic drama lurches from fantasy to earthbound complications, though it is often hard to tell one from the other."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Moviegoers beholden to clean narrative may feel they need their own explanatory GPS and audio guide. But the richer reward lies in allowing oneself to be led by this gifted director's instinct for lyrical, sensory exploration."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"As irritating as this film is, I am grateful for it. Reygadas is an artist, and an uncompromising one at that."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"A completely essential piece of film art."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A bewildering array of arresting imagery - glowing devils, self-decapitation, joyless sex clubs and public school rugby matches - that seems to confrontationally resist reconciliation."
‑ Chris Buckle, The Skinny
"The result calls for a viewing as different as looking at a Vermeer against Rothko or de Kooning or multiple other modern painters."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"This one delivers a grand pictorialism and piercing existential moments that float atop the maundering narrative like noodles in soup."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"An unusually bold and bizarre drama that offers a different way of looking at film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Post Tenebras Lux is a film rich with sheer material presence, making good on Reygadas's apparent intention to make the viewer truly feel the audible and the visible, but his pictorial gimmickry can only do so much aesthetic heavy-lifting."
‑ Dan Sullivan, Film Comment Magazine
"If there's a unifying concept to all of this it's the idea of defilement."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Along with Bela Tarr and Terrence Malick, Carlos Reygadas is one of today's few genuinely religious filmmakers."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"It's as if Reygadas started with a sprawling cache of visual ideas and then tried to find some way to organize them all. The effect can be frustrating at times, but also surprising and beguiling."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"It's a picture one could walk away from for a period of time and the movie wouldn't notice."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Even with its head games and confusions, "Post Tenebras Lux" is an imposing spiritual work,"
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Muddled and atmospheric, the result is more frustrating than fascinating."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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