Post Tenebras Lux

  • 18
  • Carlos Reygadas (2012)
  • Mex / Fr / Neth / Ger (SUB)
  • 114 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Neurotic architect Adolfo Jiménez Castro has moved his family to rural Mexico, but finds his troubled home life contrasts with the daily struggle of his peasant neighbours, in this latest drama from maverick Mexican film-maker Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light). Greeted with both critical incomprehension and the best director prize when it premiered at Cannes last year, the film has divided opinion from the outset, not least because of its provocative collage approach to storytelling, which leaps back and forth in time and space with dizzying freedom. With isolated scenes including the felling of ancient trees, raunchy goings-on in a European sex club, fanciful boyhood flashbacks and even English schoolboys playing rugby, Reygadas adamantly eschews linear narrative to offer instead a kaleidoscope of thoughts and feelings, often viewed through a distorting ripple-effect camera filter. The film does come across as an evidently sincere attempt to create a new kind of cinema, but opinion will certainly vary on whether Reygadas really does offer, as his title suggests, light after darkness.

Plot Summary

A wealthy industrialist moves his family to the countryside, hoping a fresh start will save his troubled marriage. However, the new environment does not bring them the peace they had hoped for, while the locals regard them as unwanted outsiders. Drama, starring Adolfo Jimenez Castro and Nathalia Acevedo. In Spanish, English and French.

Cast and crew


Adolfo Jiménez Castro
Nathalia Acevedo
Rut Reygadas
Eleazar Reygadas
El Siete
Willebaldo Torres


Carlos Reygadas

Other Information

Spanish, English, French +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Independent Cinema Office
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Mar 2013