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Aurora (2011)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

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A mesmerizing new masterwork from the director of the critically-acclaimed The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora is a murder mystery turned on its head - where the mystery's not the culprit, but the motive. Inside a non-descript apartment kitchen, a man and a woman discuss the inconsistencies in Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. Behind a line of abandoned trailers, on the outskirts of Bucharest, the same man waits for something


Art House & International, Drama

Cristi Puiu

Jan 10, 2012


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Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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While Aurora is a formal triumph, it's less resonant than either 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days or The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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Puiu, who also directed, goes too far in making the movie's violent undertone feel like just one more bit of modern malaise.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Aurora fully explores the time before and after a killer strikes, and it has the cumulative effect of making what passes for a "motive" seem absurdly simplistic.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Define the movies however you want -- escapist bits of fun, illuminations of the human condition, comforts or challenges -- and Aurora would still fail miserably.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Everything that takes place feels so deliberately orchestrated that the seeming meaninglessness of certain actions become charged with, er, "meaning."

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

It's a masterly film that draws us into a world controlled by unseen forces, but it concludes, intentionally, by compelling (not inviting) us to explain why Viorel acts this way.

November 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It does reward close attention - and its final act comes very close to being worth one of cinema's more epic waits.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

This does not have the humanity and accessibility of The Death of Mr Lazarescu, but it certainly has a dark, lowering presence on the screen.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

A murder movie languishing in a suicidal stupor. Save some strength to crawl out of the cinema.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It's an intellectual wheeze, but too chilly to connect.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

At three hours long and deliberately paced throughout, this edgy drama return by Cristi Puiu demands patience.

November 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Another hefty slice of eastern european life - even longer, even slower and even glummer.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's not the most cheerful film, but it's not a dirge.

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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It's a fascinating, mesmerizing commentary on our thirst for the sensational...

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Though it doesn't disclose its secrets easily, Aurora rewards patience with revelation.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Cristi Puiu's Viorel is about as ambiguous a character as I have ever seen. He does not evoke sympathy since he is a blank, unreadable cipher, but one that fascinates because he is so inscrutable.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...if Mr. Lazarescu was swallowed up by bureaucracy on his final journey, "Aurora's" protagonist wades through it on his way to deliver death.

August 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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    1. Viorel: What do you mean?
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    1. Viorel: I've never taken anything that wasn't mine.
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