The Tree that Therefore I am

Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux (2012) and Becoming-Plant as the Mastery of Non-mastery

  • Joshua O. Reno


Post Tenebras Lux is the critically-acclaimed, fourth film by Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas: semi-autobiographical yet surreal; global yet Mexican; a simple drama about two married couples and an experimental study in interspecies desire and mimesis. The last is the focus of this paper. Like the documentary Leviathan, released the same year, Post Tenebras Lux can be regarded as a contribution to multispecies ethnography and ontological theorizing. In this paper, the film is interpreted as a meditation on distinctly vegetative semiosis and becomings-plant, as well as the possibilities and politics thereof.

PTL Opening
Feb 21, 2020
How to Cite
RENO, Joshua O.. The Tree that Therefore I am. Semiotic Review, [S.l.], n. 6, feb. 2020. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 mar. 2023.