3.5 stars can't quite do 4. Love triangle starts in the 1st 5 minutes - can they really stretch it out to nearly 3 hours? Well, they can, via scenic padding and constant reversals in the characters' feelings. Several squirm-inducing scenes, as the couple has an open marriage and hubby seems not only to want his wife to sleep around, but also watch. Except for the kids, none of the characters are very sympathetic.
Por un lado, una obra de arte genera una respuesta en el espectador, incluso una desagradable, dejando mucho que decir. Y en ese aspecto, esta película cubre la definición. Pero por el otro lado, es una obra auto-indulgente, pretenciosa, mal actuada, mal lograda, inconsistente, excesiva y aburrida, que pretende decir mucho pero se queda en nada. Más pensamientos en https://letterboxd.com/pokdawn/film/our-time-2018-1/
gave it another chance. nope. it reminds me of that jackie brown scene where ordell goes "your ass used to be beautiful" i still love Reygadas but the best thing about this is the cinematography. Everything else, nah. Performances get wooden and with a subject as nauseating as the one Reygadas tries to tackle with his wife acting opposite of him-i couldn't get past that. some say it's brave, i considered it cringe.
DCP. Without the aesthetic exhibitionism of previous films (without it, what is this filmmaker?), but with the same punitive tendency, associated here to a self-miserability (including that of being a quite limited actor), Reygadas films a jealousy story with uninteresting sequences, especially the initials, with the young people and the finals, with the bulls, an obvious metaphorization. Chauvinist exploitation.
Ticking at 3 hours, it's a rich, self-indulgent, visually wondrous film that combines the day-to-day life at a Mexican ranch with the disintegration of an open marriage... sometimes your ask yourself which part is more violent. Not sure what to make of Reygadas and his wife Natalia taking on the leading roles, but they seemed very at ease with it. Fragments of the film still resonate with me long after watching it.
Amazing film making. It's a total experience being inside the lives of these people, every moving part (even the mechanisms of a pick up truck engine - strangely poetic) I must say be aware of a violent animal to animal scene about 30 minutes in - (I had to look away)
Animal cruelty. MUBI, is it really that hard to ask the question, or do you just not care? Took me two seconds to Google that there was some in the film, so I didn't really need to see it in the first place. Or just put a warning, so those who don't like it don't have to see it.
The first part, where the kids are playing in the muddy lake, promises a magnum opus, but instead the movie disappears into a narcissistic role playing game with no credibility. I really wanted to love this movie, but Reygadas is no Bergman and no Malick. I guess he tries to reach out to a bigger audience but in the end only reaches out to himself. Post Tenebras Lux told the same story much deeper. Move on Carlos.