Post Tenebras Lux tells the semi-autobiographical story of a high-class urban family’s move to the Mexican countryside. As Juan (Adolfo Jimenez Castro) and his family adapt to their new life, their previously-hidden frictions begin to bloom into domestic conflicts. The film’s stunningly photographed, impressionistic cinematography highlights the majesty—and subtlety—of the natural world. At once spellbinding and mysterious, Post Tenebras Lux doesn’t expose truths as much as paint pictures of moments in time, moments that stay with you long after the film has ended. Themes of man’s shifting place in the world, as well as upper-class man’s unclear place in lower-class man’s environment, are explored. Fans of experimental cinema will enjoy this film’s unorthodox approach to storytelling; patient viewers are rewarded with a slab of surreal, expressionistic filmmaking that questions not only the nature of the human condition but also the future of cinema to come.
Written and directed by Carlos Reygadas, winner of the Best Director prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festibal, Post Tenebras Lux will see a limited New York release on May 1, 2013. This unrated Spanish-language drama/documentary also stars Nathalia Acevedo, Willebaldo Torres, Rut Reygadas, and Eleazar Reygadas.