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The film does come across as an evidently sincere attempt to create a new kind of cinema, but opinion will certainly vary on whether Reygadas really does offer, as his title suggests, light after darkness.
This dark and slightly surreal Mexican film is beautifully shot and features a string of naturalistic and impressive performances, but sadly its bizarre blend of eccentric scenes don't really come together.
Reygadas is, from a certain point of view, one of modern cinema's masters: a director who wants to work with productive frustration as he creates images using a distorting, bevelled lens to size up a world that is itself distorted.