The highly original first movie from Carlos Reygadas. It tells the story of a painter who is fed up with his life. He travels to a canyon in Mexico (which is filmed breathtakingly beautiful) to commit suicide. His last stop is a shed, where he stays temporarily. This shelter is supplied by an old woman (played brilliantly by the Mexican actress Magdalene Flores), who gives him bit by bit the courage to continue his life.

“Japon” is made in the style of Tarkovsy, but from an interesting perspective, by making the movie give the impression of a documentary. The acting is realistisc and the handling of the camera can be called experimental. For the true film connaisseur, who is not waiting for extreme special effects or action, a true must.