After Carlos Reygadas became one of the world’s most influential filmmakers with films like Japón and Stellet Licht, he took a radical step towards autobiographical fiction with Post tenebras lux. Now he has taken a logical yet ambitious next step with the poetically intimate and visually overwhelming Nuestro tiempo. He is his own protagonist as poet and owner of a ranch raising fighting bulls, who finds out that his wife Esther (played by Reygadas' wife, Natalia Lopez) is having an affair with an American friend, the horse trainer Phil. Despite, or thanks to, their agreements about an open marriage, tensions rise when Juan thinks that Esther is not opening up about her feelings.
Reygadas uses his unique film talent (and that of cameraman Diego Garcia) for daring, uneasy and openhearted self-enquiry: a chamber play about machismo and love, narcissism and sorrow, made with the bravura of a classical Western.
Also see Masterclass Carlos Reygadas.