With Japón, Carlos Reygadas set the tone for his later work - a compelling, existential drama about death, sex, love and religion, located in a stunning landscape.
A man from the city goes to a village in a remote, majestic ravine to prepare for his suicide there. He finds shelter with an old widow. After a couple of days and entirely against his intention, a couple of things bring him back to the land of the living. Firstly, a cousin of the widow who has just come out of jail wants to rob the old woman and secondly, the man's sexual instincts are suddenly awoken.
Having screened in Rotterdam, this fascinating debut attracted attention everywhere, was re-edited by Reygadas and had a second world première at the Cannes film festival, where his next three films also screened.

Filmmaker
Carlos Reygadas
Country
Mexico, Spain
Year
2001
Medium
Betacam Digi
Length
143’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Carlos Reygadas
Production Company
NoDream Cinema, Elsa Díaz
Sales
NDM International Sales
Writer
Carlos Reygadas
Cinematography
Diego Martínez Vignatti, Thierry Tronchet
Editor
Daniel Melguizo, Carlos Serrano Azcona, David Torres
Production Design
Alejandro Reygadas
Sound Design
Ramón Moreira, Gilles Laurent
Music
D. Shostakovich, Arvo Pärt, J.S. Bach
Cast
Rolando Hernández, Alejandro Ferretis