Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, Post Tenebras Lux) returns with an ambitious evisceration of toxic masculinity. Taking a leading role alongside his real-life wife Natalia López, Reygadas plays Juan, who seethes when his wife is drawn to horse-breaker Phil. On their ranch, the couple’s relationship unravels, and we are privy to unsettling truths about masculinity, power, privilege and possession.
While Reygadas's art has the timeless quality of Bergman, the film’s clear-eyed view of patriarchy is extremely topical. With a strong sense of the sublime, Reygadas trains his eye on a series of poetic images that amplify his underlying themes of the damage possible in intimate relationships.