Japon (2003)

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,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slow-moving, visually impressive debut.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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John Powers
L.A. Weekly

Reygadas grapples with the most elemental of issues ... and the result is sly, touching and more than a little loony.

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Christopher Null

obese in length and overflowing in pretension like so many prototypical art films

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Unfolding at an elliptical pace that feels like a revelation, or tedium, or both, Japon recalls the glory days of 1970s art-house filmmaking.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

It is the work of a remarkable new talent.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Nothing shy of enthralling.

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Reygadas has an impressive eye for otherworldly landscapes and an impressive ear, too.

Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Its pretensions have the ring of, if not exactly a vanity project, a strictly personal obsession.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A terribly boring last journey to death. Frankly, I lacked patience with this film.
Dimitris Springer
Nothingness is the path to victory and in any constant public reactions,this would be the doomsday of most motion pictures.I will admit that Reygadas uses no… More