Carlos Reygadas, on what he owes to Carl Dreyer's Ordet: "Ordet is one of my favorite films. My film is an homage to it. However, there's a fundamental difference between my film and Dreyer's. Not only in terms of the language; mainly, it involves the power behind the film. For Dreyer, that power is God. In my film, it is people. But I don't demand that you share my point of view."
Carlos Reygadas on his directing methods: "There was a strong resemblance between my actors and their characters, so it was simply a question of making them feel what the character felt. Aside from giving them indications about space and time, there wasn't a great deal to do."
Carlos Reygadas on how he thinks of the viewer: "There's no such thing as a viewer. There are people, individuals watching a film, and each has his own world. When you start talking about the viewer, you start to reduce these individuals to their lowest common denominator… I have a great deal of respect for each person who comes to see my film, and I know that some of them will be bored, and that others will find it moves at an ideal pace, and still others will wish it was longer."
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