Post Tenebras Lux

Synopsis: Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Carlos Reygadas
Production: Strand Releasing
  6 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min






No doggies!

No doggies!









Rut. Eleazar.

My mummy-



Hello, dear. Good morning.

Softly, darling.

Eleazar's still sleeping.



Did you dream of animals?

- Was it the giraffe, your favourite?

- Yes.

- Or was it cows, my love?

- Out.

Do you want to come out, sweetie?

Let me just pick up this mess.


What's Mummy's name, darling?


Come on. Look who's sleeping there.

- Who?

- Who's sleeping there?

- Who?

- Who's sleeping there? Who is he?

- Who is he?

- Who?

Shall we wake him up?

No. No.

- Don't you want to wake him up?

- No.

Here I am!

Look who's here! Eleazar.

Eleazar is here, dear.

Did you see that?

Naughty boy.

Wake up! Wake up!


What's the matter

with this noisy family?

Now you're getting a good tickling!

Stop it! Stop it!

My little meatball!

Did you sleep well?

Do you want a crane?

You're getting an extra tickling.

Stop it! Stop it!

- Do you want it in a cup?

- No, no, in a bottle.

Hang on, let me explain.

Mum didn't prepare any bottles.

Cos... Cos sometimes I do this...

I want water.

- Good morning, Jarro!

- Good morning, Juan.

Jarrito, can I borrow your camera again?

I need to take...

Bela, Guera!

Come here, dogs! Bela!

Let me come over, Juan.

Apple! Hurry up!


Come here, dogs. Bela, come here.

Where were you?



I was calling you and you didn't come.

And you? I didn't see you all night.

You too, naughty.

Naughty, both of you.


Not again. Who did that?

Who was it?

Was it you, Martita?

Keep still! Keep still!

Keep still!

Why did you do that? Fucking bitch!

Don't bite me! Fucking dog!

Why d'you do that?

Keep still! Keep still, don't move!

Don't bite me, damn it!

You dirty bitch!

Why did you do that?

Don't move.

Don't bite me again!

Keep still!


Stop it, Juan!


Just a second, Jarro.

OK, Juan.

Just some exercise with the dogs, son.


Come here, my little cockroach!

You wretch, why do you run away?

I have to chase you

all around the house.

Let's go see Jarro.

Damned dogs!

They're so naughty.


I want to borrow your camera again.

The photos were all dark.

- Your camera is crap, man.

- That's odd.

It's a good camera. Three megapictures.

- No way!

- Megapictures!

He got it in a cereal box.

His... can you see?

Did you see the hummingbirds

this morning?

I did. They're beautiful.

There's birds everywhere.

Well, back to work and remember the...

- The camera. Bring it over.

- I'll go get it.

OK, thanks.

Time for breakfast, little worm.

Good afternoon, brothers.

My name is Daniel Colorado.

Many of you know me as R2-D2.

I want to tell you about the harm

that I have caused to my family

as I led my nephew

when he was only ten years old

into alcoholism.

I've made the mistake of...

How do I say this?

Getting him wasted,

forcing him to drink.

I know that's wrong.

It's harmed the whole family.

But, well, in a talk I'll give later,

I'll give you more details

about how the AA group

can help us to correct... correct this young man's...

...this young man's path.

Now that I've led him... astray.

But as I said, I'll tell you

about that another time.

R2-D2, thanks for so kindly

sharing your experience with us.

Let's hear from The Toad

about his experience.

Let's see what he says.

Good afternoon, everyone.

My name is Jos Luis Martinez Jimnez.

I fix and install

curtains, paint, plaster.

My nickname is The Toad.

I'm an honest worker.

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Carlos Reygadas

Carlos Reygadas Castillo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkarlos reiˈɣaðas]; born October 10, 1971) is a Mexican filmmaker. Influenced by existentialist art and philosophy, Reygadas' movies feature spiritual journeys into the inner worlds of his main characters, through which themes of love, suffering, death, and life's meaning are explored. Reygadas has been described as "the one-man third wave of Mexican cinema"; his works are generally considered art films, and are known for their expressionistic cinematography, long takes, and emotionally charged stories. His first and third films, Japón (2002) and Silent Light (2007), made him one of Latin America's most prominent writer-directors, with various critics having named Silent Light as one of the best films of its decade. His films Battle in Heaven (2005) and Post Tenebras Lux (2012) divided critics. more…

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