El Aura (The Aura)

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The Aura is a highly original and cerebral thriller that maintains its suspense from start to finish.



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A lonely taxidermist with a photographic memory dreams of committing the "perfect crime" in Nine Queens director Fabián Bielinsky's deliberately paced existential thriller. Espinosa (Ricardo Darín) is an epileptic fortysomething who makes his living by stuffing creatures for the natural history museum in Buenos Aires. It is there that Espinosa meets friend and fellow taxidermist Sontag (Alejandro Awada). After picking up their paycheck at a nearby bank, Sontag kindly invites the lonely Espinosa to join him in the forests of southern Argentina for a brief hunting getaway. Soon after checking into their hotel, Sontag and Espinosa take to nature in hopes of bagging a buck, but their voyage takes a dark turn when, in the grip of another seizure, Espinosa accidentally shoots and kills hotel owner Dietrich (Manuel Rodal). Though his suspicions that Dietrich was involved with some shady dealings seem little more than a means for justifying the tragic turn of events, Espinosa soon realizes that he may be onto something when a pair of thugs named Sosa (Pablo Cedron) and Montero (Walter Reyno) come searching for the missing proprietor. As all of the elements quickly fall into place, it begins to appear as if Espinosa may finally be prepared to execute the crime he has always dreamt about.

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Critic Reviews for El Aura (The Aura)

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (18)

  • A fuzzy attempt at significance that seems as aimlessly lost in the woods as its heist-plotting characters.

    Mar 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • The Aura is richer and less showy than Nine Queens, and it lifts off from the gangster genre to contemplate deeper mysteries. Reminiscent of Antonioni's The Passenger in its obsession with fate and choice.

    Jan 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Bielinsky also is a most expressive director, achieving considerable nuances and depths of emotion with characters' looks, gestures, body language and silences.

    Jan 13, 2007
  • In the end, the film's bigger challenge isn't its length, or its deliberate pace: It's that it's overly freighted with symbolism and meaning.

    Jan 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Argentinian writer/ director Fabian Bielinksy (Nine Queens) creates a character with an intriguing set of traits that inspire an equally intriguing plot.

    Dec 15, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The moody ambience suggests noir writers David Goodis and Jim Thompson...

    Dec 15, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for El Aura (The Aura)

  • Sep 11, 2018
    Loose, uneven and with too many elements and symbolism that don't quite gel in the end, this Argentinian heist thriller is more efficient and intriguing when focusing on its plot than on Darín's character, who in the end remains a strange puzzle with creepy motivations.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2011
    Excellent movie. It's just a showcase for great filmmaking, fantastic acting and good storytelling. I really enjoyed this movie and how it built to an excellent climax. There's not much to say, it's a great movie...so you should watch it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2011
    Beautiful looking yet slow film about an epileptic man who, after killing the owner of an outhouse, puts himself in that guy's situations. I like this movie, but I don't know if the conclusion fits. After all that time watching this man go through what he went through, it kinda ends without a big, note or any type of note. But I liked the pacing and feel of this movie.
    matt s Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2009
    After the dissapointing Nueve Reinas, Bielinsky makes a great film, Interesting & engaging with a bleak & overcast atmosphere
    Arash X Super Reviewer

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