“Suggests Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life refracted through Tarkovsky's Mirror:”
The title of Carlos Reygadas's fourth feature, which translates to “light after darkness”, concerns an upscale family whose retreat to the countryside results in crisis.
Interpreted by many as a partially autobiographical exercise – Reygadas included his children in the cast and shot on his rural property – the director has repeatedly referred to the film in broader terms. As a film that speaks to “metaphysical dissatisfaction” and “people not knowing where they belong in the world and struggling with this crisis.”
Like his earlier works, the residue of colonialism, class tensions, primal conflicts and capacity for love sit deep within the DNA of the film.
With its mesmerizing visual language, Post Tenebras Lux is a film of deep sensation: brutal, and poetic in equal measure.
Winner: Cannes Film Festival Best Director, 2012