|Starring:||Alejandro Ferretis, Carlos Reygadas, Magdalena Flores|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Jul 2003|
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Dreamlike realityBy SK from Edinburgh, Scotland , 01 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Rather strange Mexican film about a man who goes to a village in a remote valley to kill himself. Naturalistic acting from (I presume) a mostly non-professional cast. The cinematography is great, although it isn't trying to make everything look all picture-postcard, it has a much grittier feel than that. Reminiscent of Tarkovsky.
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JaponBy Primrose (5 reviews) from London , 09 Apr 2008An astonishing film. I'd have given it five stars except I really didn't like that clunky bit of deconstruction three quarters way through where a worker pulling down the house refers to the fact that they are in a film, and then the one guy sings - for way too long. It cut through the tremendous tension that the entire film had been building up to at that point. Whatever Reygadas was aiming for, it didn't work. Poor directorial judgement there, so poor in contrast to all the rest of the film that I imagine something else was a going on in his life and he was unduly influenced by it. But the rest of the film was extraordinary. Not to be missed.
Land that time forgotBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 20 Mar 2008This is a film of multiple meanings that moves at a very slow pace and establishes Carlos Reygadas as a director to watch in world cinema. The film has stunning (if grainy) visuals, compelling acting and a delicious soudtrack. While not for everyone, it will engross fans of slow-burning narratives that are hard to pin down. The directors and his collaborators can be proud of this first attempt at feature film-making that is miles away from the average Hollywood product.
ConfusedBy fabistrange (3 reviews) from Bristol , 23 Feb 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI really didn't understand the plot. I tried to remain open-minded kowing that the this was the director's first movie but I just didn't get it. First of all, what does the title have to do with the movie??? I thought I would have an advantage over other viewers because I am Mexican and therefore I could see a lot of familiar places and people. I was wrong. Can someone please tell me what this is about?
MemorableBy anil bawa-cavia from London , 22 Jan 2008Superb. For fans of Tarkovsky and Bela Tarr, although Barquin brings his own unique sensibility to this. File with Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry, that other memorable suicide film.
A Refreshing Oddity.By Flickophile (7 reviews) from London , 05 Jun 2007This is always compelling and watchable though not a film for those who like their movies to be formulaic and familiar. The main subject, a morose older man who truly believes his life is not worth living retraces his steps to a remote mountain village in order to kill himself.
It is a fascinating study of self-loathing. Strange that is should have come from such a young director who has lavished detailed care, even love, upon his creation. And it is cast to near perfection.
It honestly shows the leanness of life within the community that barely supports such life. And the old woman who agrees to take in the mysterious near derelict gives a performance that is so utterly real that in itself it is a transforming experience.