In this preternaturally assured feature debut by Carlos Reygadas, a man (Alejandro Ferretis) travels from Mexico City to an isolated village to commit suicide; once there, however, he meets a pious elderly woman (Magdalena Flores) whose quiet humanity incites a reawakening of his desires. Recruiting a cast of nonactors and filming in sublime 16 mm CinemaScope, Reygadas explores the harsh beauty of the Mexican countryside with earthy tactility, conjuring a psychic landscape where religion mingles with sex, life coexists with death, and the animal and spiritual sides of human experience become indistinguishable. A work of soaring ambition and startling visual poetry, JapÃ³n
is an existential journey through uncharted cinematic territory that established the singular voice of its director.
- New conversation between Carlos Reygadas and filmmaker Amat Escalante
- Video diary shot by actor Alejandro Ferretis during the filmâs production
- Adulte, a short film directed by Reygadas in 1998
- Deleted scene
- A new essay by novelist Valeria Luiselli