A quiet, cynic taxidermist, who suffers epilepsy attacks, is obsessed with committing the perfect crime. He claims that the cops are too stupid to find out about it when it’s well executed, and that the robbers are too stupid to execute it the right way; and that he could do it himself relying on his photographic memory and his strategic planning skills. After he is invited on a hunting trip away from his home, an accident gives him the chance of his life: the possibility to commit the perfect crime he has been waiting for. –IMDb
Fabián Bielinsky (3 February 1959 – 29 June 2006) was an Argentine film director born in Buenos Aires.
He started to make films early in his life, while still a high school student in the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, after graduation he started studying psychology, a career he shortly followed and dropped out in favor to enroll in the Centro de Experimentacion y Realizacion Cinematografica (CERC, actually ENERC, INCAA’s film school), to later graduate from said institution in 1983 with a short film called La Espera.
He directed his first film, Nine Queens (original title Nueve Reinas) in 2000, and the second one, El Aura, in 2005, which he was going to present in Edinburgh, at the International Film Festival a month later. Both films starred Ricardo Darín in the lead role and Alejandro Awada in a supporting role.
Bielinsky died from a heart attack, in 2006, at only 47 years of age, while he was in São Paulo, Brazil, doing a casting for an advertisement. read more
Chekhov's gun and the big bad wolf! "The empty space, wonderfully ambient soundtrack, bleached landscapes and Darín's quiet performance help El Aura to live a big life in its many moments of silence. It’s as totally compelling, strangely relaxing and purely believable an experience as the moments of perfection Esteban feels before one of his episodes." -- paraphrase, Projector Magazine.
Love the transitions when he's travelling at the beginning of the film. Perfect match of image and music.
Superb neo noir with some great acting. Sadly the director passed way shortly after this film which was only his second feature, this film showed a little promise in a short career. The score for the film is used sparsely, this is a quiet film with building suspense. Great story, great direction, an unknown hidden gem that more people should see. There is some great acting here especially by lead actor Darin.