Jauja Reviews

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September 20, 2019
While Jauja itself is a fabled city of riches and happiness, Alonso uses the word to describe conquest alone. [The characters get lost] psychologically, [not physically].
August 7, 2019
A haunting existential work, often perplexing, always fascinating, Jauja is a dazzling experiment that never fully reveals itself, always hiding its meanings and ideas behind long takes and metaphors.
May 31, 2019
A strange and sometimes beautiful film.
May 15, 2019
Alonso aims for a surreal, slow cinema take on a psychological western, sort of like Anthony Mann meets Peter Greenaway, and he wills you into his weird rhythm by allowing most shots to run a minute or so longer than you would expect.
May 10, 2019
Tone can only excite so much when there's so little story, but equally there's only so much atmosphere you can dredge from a succession of beautiful yet static landscapes.
February 16, 2018
Like all great films, Argentine director Lisandro Alonso's "Jauja" makes up its own rules.
November 16, 2017
After a six year wait for director Lisandro Alonso to follow-up his masterpiece 2008 "Liverpool", we finally have a new adventure.
August 24, 2017
Jauja will be off-putting to some, but for those willing to get on its challenging wavelength, it's worth the ride.
June 6, 2016
[A] strange, beguiling, and excitedly didactic film.
June 3, 2016
You've got walking in grass, riding a horse through grass, and sitting amid the grass. A few grisly kills. But mostly there's grass. And it grows. Green. Sometimes yellow.
December 7, 2015
Imagine Carl Theodor Dreyer, with a dash of Herzog, directing a surreal 50s Technicolor western and you might have some idea of what to expect from Lisandro Alonso's baffling yet transfixing Jauja.
December 7, 2015
With Jauja Alonso follows the ever-widening orbit his films have been tracing even further, nudging his trademark concerns... of his earlier work into something considerably more expansive, playful, even supernatural.
December 6, 2015
Jauja feels less like a film than a hazy dream of postcards from nowhere.
November 11, 2015
As a micro-critique of colonialism, the film resonates alongside Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) and Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), among others, all road movies leading nowhere.
November 5, 2015
It isn't too great a chore to sit though this film, but it isn't really compelling, either. The story lacks a real payoff punch.
August 28, 2015
If the idea was that getting into the mental hell of these characters that are caught in a dry landscape would suddenly give good pictures of wild nature devouring characters who deserved no better fate, Jauja falls short, a lot. [Full review in Spanish]
August 11, 2015
It's a puzzling head-tripper.
June 12, 2015
If you miss 1980s-era Werner Herzog, see this.
June 11, 2015
This fifth feature by the brilliant Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso is his first with professional actors and a period setting, yet it meshes thematically with his other work.
June 11, 2015
Alonso sustains an atmosphere of otherworldly immanence in a vivid setting, with a style involving long takes with characters posed as if in tableaux vivants.
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