Battle in Heaven

Part of Natural Transgressions: The Films of Carlos Reygadas
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Carlos Reygadas. 2005, 98 mins. 35mm print courtesy of the director. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz. A chauffeur seeks absolution for a horrific crime committed while having an affair with his boss’s daughter. For his second feature, Reygadas employed untrained actors for a provocative portrait of modern Mexico, using long takes and explicit sex scenes. The film abounds with ritual—from fellatio to military procession to religious pilgrimage—and heralds a new ceremonial, quasi-documentary cinema, inscribing its cosmic battle in the vulgarities of everyday life. “Reygadas is a serious moviemaker with a gift for creating new tonal values; I can’t think of anything quite like the baton of subjective point of view that passes between characters in Battle in Heaven, occasionally breaking into free-floating ellipses where the drifting symbiotic camera seems to be looking for a host body.” —Nick Pinkerton, Indiewire

Recommended for mature audiences only. Contains explicit sexual content.

Preceded by Adulte (1998, 7 mins.) A Bergmanesque, surrealist film shot on 8mm black and white about a man, a coffin, and a cliff.

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