A Mexican rancher-poet’s open marriage descends into crisis when his wife begins an affair with an American cowboy.
On a ranch in Mexico, bulls lock horns in open fields, and neighbourhood children frolic beneath vast, unpredictable skies. Renowned poet Juan lives in the ranch house with his wife Esther, who helps run the farm. The couple take a very liberal view on matrimony—but when Esther begins a relationship with an American ranch hand who works for them, Juan faces an existential test.
To further describe the plot of Our Time is to oversimplify its conceptual complexity. Writer-director Carlos Reygadas puts forth, in ravishing widescreen, an honest (sometimes brutally so) auto-fiction about wounded pride and crumbling masculinity. Reygadas and his wife themselves play Juan and Esther, and the overlapping layers of reality and cinema make Our Time much more than your average marital drama.
Cast & Credits
Carlos Reygadas made four shorts in Belgium before filming the feature Japón (2002), which received a Special Mention for the Camera d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. The Mexican auteur’s success at Cannes then continued: He premiered Battle in Heaven (2005) in competition, won the Jury Prize for Silent Light (2007) and won Best Director for Post Tenebras Lux (2012).
Jamie Romandía, Carlos Reygadas
Carlos Reygadas. Natalia López, Phil Burgers
*In Competition, Venice Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018
*Official selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2018