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The fourth film from Mexican experimenter Carlos Reygadas

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Viewed away from its snap dismissals at Cannes, the fourth film from Mexican experimenter Carlos Reygadas ( Silent Light ) resembles Uncle Boonmee seen through Tarkovsky’s Mirror ; tough to grasp but giddy with ideas and indelible images.

Pivoting on the traumas of a well-off rural family, the story is a simple one made abstract by Reygadas’ cut-up chronology, blurred edges and poetic juxtapositions (innocence/experience, reality/fantasy, past/future).

Some metaphors score and some miss, but this is leap-of-faith cinema: the rewards entail some risks.

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Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.