Japon Reviews

November 7, 2003
If you're in synch with its heartbeat, and with Reygadas' tendency to pursue visual detours that intensify the film's sensual impact, this is a remarkable first effort that is equal parts disturbing, bold, mysterious and primal.
May 9, 2003
Unfolding at an elliptical pace that feels like a revelation, or tedium, or both, Japon recalls the glory days of 1970s art-house filmmaking.
April 24, 2003
Unlike a lot of young filmmakers, the 31-year-old Reygadas takes his ideas about the world and our place in it as seriously as his filmmaking ambitions.
April 24, 2003
Reygadas grapples with the most elemental of issues ... and the result is sly, touching and more than a little loony.
April 17, 2003
It is the work of a remarkable new talent.
March 23, 2003
Reygadas has an impressive eye for otherworldly landscapes and an impressive ear, too.
March 19, 2003
Reygadas has talent to match his ambitions; or, rather, gifts that undercut them sufficiently to give his film a prickly, haunting poignancy.
March 19, 2003
This debut feature of Carlos Reygadas is a startling achievement.
March 18, 2003
A notably confident and achieved debut, amazingly shot in 16mm Cinemascope.
November 13, 2002
This excellent debut by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas exhibits a maturity rarely seen in a first film.