Post Tenebras Lux
Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Reygadas' jagged, broken-logic drama lurches from fantasy to earthbound complications, though it is often hard to tell one from the other.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles 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.

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Tom Charity
Cinema Scope

If Reygadas set out to make an intuitive, pre-cognitive film, then this mysterious, intangible but profoundly resonant prologue comes closest to realizing that dream.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The result calls for a viewing as different as looking at a Vermeer against Rothko or de Kooning or multiple other modern painters.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This one delivers a grand pictorialism and piercing existential moments that float atop the maundering narrative like noodles in soup.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

It's either a sublime work of genius or a drearily pretentious nightmare. Possibly both.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Along with Bela Tarr and Terrence Malick, Carlos Reygadas is one of today's few genuinely religious filmmakers.

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Scott Tobias

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.

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Francine Prose
The New York Review of Books

The film is at once brilliant and banal, original and derivative, heartfelt and pretentious. Its sheer visual gorgeousness is enthralling, yet there are passages that seem arty and self-indulgent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
This experimental film of powerful imagery and evocative atmosphere may be intriguing at first, but soon it becomes pretty clear that Reygadas is not really… More
The Movie Waffler
Juan (Castro) and Nathalia (Acevedo) are a middle class Mexican couple who have recently moved, with their two infant children, to a remote part of the country.… More
William Dunmyer
Wow. Another bad avant-garde film. Two thousand thirteen is so far the worst year in living memory for avant-garde film.
Walter M.
While greatly appreciating Carlos Reygadas' two previous artistic conflicts of the body and the spirit, I am admittedly less than thrilled with his latest,… More