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Japon [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Carlos Reygadas
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Director's Cut, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000FZEQB4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,296 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By papatez on 14 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
A man seems to have a camera strapped to his back that gives a view from behind as he travels across an unidentified country. He meets a boy that takes him to meet his dad who takes him to meet a butcher who sends him to meet a judge who introduces him to someone's wife who takes him to meet an old lady. At which point I gave up and hit the eject button. Stilted acting, almost no scripted dialogue - just people meeting and greeting each other. I had to stop the film and come back to Amazon to find out what it was meant to be about because there was no evidence of a plot. Excruciatingly slow progress because the man had a limp and walking stick and was moving very slowly. Even when he managed to get a lift, the camera tracked the car round every twist and turn on that forced the it to go (you've guessed it) very slowly. If you want to take a long slow walk through some admittedly beautiful countryside, this is the film for you. Otherwise give it a miss and watch some paint dry - it will be more entertaining.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
bleak but full of life and introspection 6 Mar. 2006
By Aaron - Published on
Format: DVD
The movie is somewhat disturbing, very raw, very artistic.

A weary man (with a love of art) from the city goes to the country seeking serenity, and then to end his life. He observes country folk, adults and children, and is initially pretty numb to it all. Over time he seems to soften and cannot bring himself to commit suicide. He observes some of the simplest animalistic and human instincts. Taking a couple of chances to experience a bit more before he ends his life shows him how his actions may have affected others. Be warned, there is some sexual footage in this film that is not for the squeemish!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Amazing movie! 11 Dec. 2004
By Joan Martorelli - Published on
Format: DVD
This movie is original, powerful, and unconventional. A nameless man, an artist, comes to a remote, primitive Mexican mountain village to seek solitude and to commit suicide. He finds lodging in the barn of Ascen, a kind, generous, non-judgemental woman in her 80s. Whe Ascen's criminal gang of relatives threaten to destroy her barn for the cement blocks with which it is made, the man begins to regain a raison d'etre. The relationship between the man and Ascen is complex. Trust and love build between the two, primarily, due to Ascen's quiet, unswerving kindness and concern for the man. She shelters and feeds him, and he attempts to challenge the relatives who wish to destroy her barn. Ascen tells the man that losing her barn is not a problem for her; her relatives need the blocks more than she does. She has an uncanny sense of separating what is truly important from material issues.

The movie should not be explained further. It is for the audience to savor. There are scenes in this film which I have never seen performed so explicitly. The last scene cannot be shaken from my memory. The pace of this movie is often painfully slow, and dialog is sparse. The harshnes and glare of the land is emphasized in the overexpoed look of the film. You can feel the heat, desolation and hopelessness of the landscape. Yet Ascen's unquestioning kindness and charity prevail amidst drunkenness, poverty and the outrageous theft of her property. What is important is kindness, charity and love. I loved the structural simplicity of this film, and the ontrasting ccomplexities of the relationship between Ascen and the artist. When the movie ends, one has the feeling of having moved further toward understanding the nature of love

This is a remarkable first film by a new director. WOW!!!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
a new director Carlos Reygadas on the horizon 31 Oct. 2004
By A. Rettig - Published on
Format: DVD
A handsome middle age arthritic painter travels to a remote

part of Mexico to commit suicide.

He seeks refuge from a lonely lady in her mid eighties who

is being cheated out of her home by relatives where the

painter is staying.

The painter and the old lady become close and sex follows,

difficult for the camera and the actors and viewers of this film.

(I assume)

No American film could ever film this and if they could,it

would not be with this realism.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A failed attempt at an "art" film... 4 Oct. 2008
By Grigory's Girl - Published on
Format: DVD
I should like this film, but I don't. It has a lot of qualities I admire in films. Long takes, ambiguity, excellent, widescreen photography, yet, I can't help but think that the director read a book on "how to make an art film", which listed the above techniques, and then made this film (and threw in 2 horses screwing and a man making love to an 80 year old woman). I found this almost a hodgepodge of art house cliches. This film doesn't seemed to have evolved organically or naturally, like the films it emulates (like the work of Tarkovsky, which this film has been compared to). It feels like a carbon copy of an art film. Like I had said in a previous review of Bruno Dumont's 29 Palms and Gus Van Sant's Gerry, there seems to be a lot of posers out today making "slow, ambiguous" films in an attempt to be arty. They try to emulate the masters (like Tarr, Tarkovsky, and Jodorowsky), but they miss the point. Art is a mysterious process, coming out when you least expect it. There's no formula. I think it says more about our culture when a filmmaker makes a film like this with all the "art film" elements there, there's a tendency to rush out and automatically declare it a masterpiece. This is misguided and foolish thinking. A work of art must connect on a much deeper level. Just because it resembles a work of art doesn't make it one. This film is not completely worthless, as there is some good camerawork and the setting is beautiful, but I found the whole exercise superficial and shallow.
Poor Transfer on Some Versions 24 Sept. 2014
By LR - Published on
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This review is for the region 1 and 4 DVD published by Videomax.

I think this is the worst transfer I have ever seen. Without exaggeration, it looks like it was filmed on Super 16, projected, recorded at an angle with a miniDV camera, uploaded to YouTube, then downloaded again and burned to DVD with a home recorder at the wrong aspect ratio. DO NOT BUY THIS, or at least don't pay too much for it.

It also lacks English subtitles. It isn't advertised as having them, but in case you were wondering, they are not present. There is a Spanish subtitle option on the disc but they don't seem to work.
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