Jauja Reviews

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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.
May 20, 2015
Viewers who can accept a defiantly slow pace, a few loose plot threads and a directorial style that works by intimation, will be rewarded.
April 17, 2015
If you applauded the genre-tweaking twists of Gus Van Sant's "Gerry" and Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff," you may have a good time (or at least an interesting one) at acclaimed Argentine director Lisandro Alonso's latest puzzler, "Jauja."
April 9, 2015
When Inge elopes with a soldier, Dinesen searches across the unforgiving but beautifully shot landscape, in a sort of western that turns into a surreal exploration of his existential angst, then segues to his descendants in the present day.
April 9, 2015
Intriguing, if opaque.
April 9, 2015
Miraculous. Blithely does its own thing, but with staggering assurance and artistry.
April 7, 2015
'Jauja' is a film to make you wonder.
March 26, 2015
"Jauja" makes one cryptic leap too many at the end, but until then it evocatively confounds.
March 25, 2015
Even if director Lisandro Alonso meanders a bit, he pulls a rabbit hole out of his hat in the end ...
March 23, 2015
Alonso's audacious leaps of time, his incisive view of the wiles of combat and the rigors of survival, and his ingenious reflection of present-day splendors in past plunder lend the visually sumptuous experience a haunting depth.
March 20, 2015
The performances mesh beautifully with the filmmaking, which is more keenly attuned to fluctuations in the natural world that all but a handful of modern motion pictures.
March 20, 2015
I never once doubted that I was in the hands of a master filmmaker.
March 19, 2015
The rounded-off corners of the almost-square frames evoke early movies and antique photographs, and there is wit and mischief in the way Mr. Alonso plays with the relationship between what we see, what we don't see and what we expect to see.
Top Critic
March 19, 2015
The film is expansive, pushing the ideas that Alonso has probed in the past further than he has ever taken them.
March 19, 2015
Mortensen injects the director's esoteric, anti-psychological themes with a psychological reality that makes them all the more tantalizing.
March 18, 2015
It's a movie designed for maximum intellectual appeal, even if the emotional impact is slight.
March 17, 2015
There's a line between artfully contemplative and just plain boring. This film eventually crosses it into Snoozeville.
March 17, 2015
There's so much to take in here that at times I almost felt as if I were absorbing it through my skin.
March 16, 2015
An extremely enigmatic work that dangles possible meanings before viewers, who are forced to put their thinking caps on.
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