Post Tenebras Lux Review

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From an orgy in a Belgian bathhouse to a rugby match in England to a family Christmas, Carlos Reygadas' film skips from vignette to vignette.


A series of short vignettes from Mexican Carlos Reygadas, Post Tenebras Lux is by turns striking (the child-in-storm opening), ridiculous (group sex in a hyper-pretentious bathhouse), and inexplicable (British rugby?). The tenderness feels natural, the brutishness cheap.

Reygadas' big ideas translate with mixed results.