Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas’ Our Time is an unsparing account of a marriage in crisis. Starring the director and his real-life spouse Natalia López, the film depicts a couple navigating the difficult terrain of an open relationship.
Ranch owners Juan (Reygadas) and Esther (López) live on the outskirts of Mexico City with their three children. When horse-breaker Phil becomes the object of Esther’s longing, Juan finds himself profoundly distraught as he is forced to confront his precarious sense of pride and masculine identity.
Reygadas captures the beauty and intimacy of the family’s daily life, as well as the disruptive forces of paranoia, distrust and patriarchal values. Disavowing the conventions of popular cinema, Our Time is a deeply personal and provocative work that asks challenging questions about the nature of romantic relationships outside of social norms.
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