ahhh…. Light after Darkness

The Sanity Clause

The Latin phrase “Post Tenebras Lux” translates to “light, after darkness,” which to me implies something like “clarity and understanding, after obscurity.” But Carlos Reygadas’s (“Silent Light”) new film provides only murky ideas and feelings. It’s an arresting film of occasional beauty and horror, but most of it is lost in the clouds.

The movie has no story. It’s a dreamscape of emotions, fantasies and nightmares. The film is set in the rural mountainside and focuses on a wealthy family of four. Juan (Adolfo Jimenez Castro) and Natalia (Nathalia Acevedo) have two adorable toddlers, Rut and Eleazar. The young girl Rut is seen running through a muddy field before a thunderstorm chasing after dogs and cows. Eleazar is seen taking off his diaper and hurling it across the room, and in another scene wearing a Spiderman outfit and talking about Peter Parker.

These moments are beautiful, but they’re aimless. They…

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