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Silent Light Director Carlos Reygadas Goes to the Beach, Works Through Mommy Issues

Ever since its premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Carlos Reygadas’s Silent Light has been discussed by many in the hushed tones usually reserved for decades-old canonical classics. Made at the beginning of his career, Reygadas’s 1999 short film Maxhumain doesn’t really resemble Silent Light in any way — it's a tiny, experimental, mixed-media dream about a young man's existential portent amid memories of his mother — but it does showcase the director's knack for creating drama even in the most unusual of circumstances. It's also a strange, somewhat opaque work — a good example of Reygadas’s inherent abilities, as well a reminder of how far he's come.

Related: David Edelstein on Silent Light