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aka: Japan
Mexico 2002, 129 minutes
Dir. Carlos Reygadas
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama


Aroview: A crippled man journeys into a remote Mexican canyon in order to end his life, but becomes entangled with a saintly old woman, village politics and a pantheistic revelation of the rugged landscape.

Echoing the cinema of such maverick directors as Bunuel, Sokurov, Tarkovsky and von Trier, this marks a sensational debut for its 31-year old creator, while perhaps at times betraying his youthful over-ambition. Perhaps most astonishing for the widescreen imagery which encompasses the total beauty and cruelty of the setting, leading to an unforgettable and striking finale.

NZ International Film Festival 2003

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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