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The fourth film from Mexican experimenter Carlos Reygadas

Viewed away from its snap dismissals at Cannes, the fourth film from Mexican experimenter Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light) resembles Uncle Boonmee seen through Tarkovsky’s Mirror; tough to grasp but giddy with ideas and indelible images.

Pivoting on the traumas of a well-off rural family, the story is a simple one made abstract by Reygadas’ cut-up chronology, blurred edges and poetic juxtapositions (innocence/experience, reality/fantasy, past/future).

Some metaphors score and some miss, but this is leap-of-faith cinema: the rewards entail some risks.

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