One of contemporary world cinema’s greatest visual poets, with Our Time Carlos Reygadas turns the camera on himself in this tale of a marriage at the breaking point. Real-life couple Reygadas and his wife Natalia play Juan and Ester, who live a peaceful yet unusual existence on a Mexican cattle ranch; unusual insofar as they are in an open relationship and Ester is having an affair with an American horse trainer. Juan, for his part, can handle it as long as he hears how things are going, but when Natalia stops giving him information, the dynamic quickly shifts—forcing Juan to examine his fragile masculinity. In between, Reygadas captures the ecstasy of life in thrillingly beautiful natural sequences, delivering another stunning entry in his already-impressive filmography. “Unflinchingly honest… a film of considerable visual poetry and, at times, grandeur.” —Jonathan Romney, Screen.
Filmography: Japón (2002), Battle in Heaven (2005), Silent Light (2007), Post Tenebras Lux (2012)
Content warning: one scene of intense, graphic animal violence