Aurora (2011)



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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
Art House & International , Drama
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Cristi Puiu
as Viorel
Clara Voda
as Gina
Luminita Gheorghiu
as Mioara Avram
Catrinel Dumitrescu
as Mrs. Livinski
Gelu Colceag
as Mr. Livinski
Gheorghe Ifrim
as Neighbor
Ileana Puiu
as Olguta
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Critic Reviews for Aurora

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | November 6, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 5, 2011
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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.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2011
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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Aurora

Incredibly long and demanding. Sometimes it gets difficult to get through it's 3 hour run time. It will test your patience. Overall it's an ok film.

Tony Stevenson
Tony Stevenson

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.

Matthew Lucas
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