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Critic Reviews for Aurora
Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff.
It's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society.
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.
Puiu, who also directed, goes too far in making the movie's violent undertone feel like just one more bit of modern malaise.
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.
Audience Reviews for Aurora
A 3 hour Romanian film may be a tough sell for most of the American moviegoing public, but Cristi Puiu's engrossing follow-up to THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU is a taut and darkly funny look at the into the mindset of a killer. Bravely humanizes its protagonist (whose motives remain unknown), and follows his grim quest with voyeuristic intensity and a wry sense of humor. It breaks down the act of killing to its most basic components, examining it as an everyday occurrence, while Also taking a nearly satirical stab at the seeming nonchalance with which it is treated by the authorities. Murder is no longer news.