Carlos Reygadas

‘Post Tenebras Lux’ is an ambitious and baffling achievement flowing with passion

The body of work put forth by Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas has been nothing short of polarizing. At 42, and now with four features under his belt, Reygadas has been earmarked as one of the most ambitious and daring filmmakers working in modern cinema and in the arthouse. With his latest, Post Tenebras Lux (Latin for After Darkness, Light), his status grows; this very personal and seemingly scattered autobiographical account should further mystify the Reygadas faithful and detractors alike.

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‘Post Tenebras Lux’ confuses and delights from one scene to the next

Reygadas returns yet again to Mexico in Post Tenebras Lux, and once more audiences are transported to the countryside, although this time it is to observe the trials and tribulations of a family that originally comes from the city. Juan (Adolfo Jiménez Castro) chops trees for lumber, earning a handsome living in the process as can be attested by the impressive home he, his wife Natalia (Nathalie Acevedo) and their two children live in.

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