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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 or someone to arrive. At a metallurgical factory, he collects two hand-made firing pins secretly prepared by a coworker. The man's name is Viorel. He is 42 years old, divorced, a father of two young girls, and today he will carry out a plan that will bring order to his world. -- (C) Cinema Guild

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  • 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.

    Nov 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff.

    Nov 6, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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.

    Sep 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 5, 2011 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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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.

    Jul 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 29, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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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.

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