Saturday, November 6, 2010

Stellet licht - Carlos Reygadas (2007 Mexico)

In Northern Mexico's unique Mennonite community, a husband and father of seven struggles with his love for a woman who is not his wife. His personal and religious crisis plays out against the eerily massive spaces of Chihuahua, Mexico.

This is the 3rd feature by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas. I watched his VERY strange 'Battle In Heaven' just many months back and can hardly believe this is the same director. He really presents a unique vision and storytelling style, again with Stellet Licht he lulls you into the pace of life with a stunning 6 minute sunrise timelapse. As for the story, it's a mature mediation on life, destiny, duty, passion and the choices we make.

I love the way this film is shot, Ultra-wide 2.35 with a lot of static shots and just allowing the action to take place within the frame. This film has won 25 awards so far and will stay with me for a long time to come.


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