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527 Ratings


Directed by Cristi Puiu
Romania, France, 2010


Viorel (director Cristi Puiu) wakes up one day anxious. Without looking for an explanation, he aimlessly crosses Bucharest from one end to the other, haunted by the insecurity that has dominated his life since his divorce, before taking a startling action…

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Aurora Directed by Cristi Puiu
Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (1997) was emblematic in the late nineties as a European auteur product rallying against the evils of homogeneous Hollywood style film making… With Aurora Puiu has replaced Haneke’s self-conscious game playing with a genuine revolutionary cinema of ideas that scrutinises the very foundations of representation and realism that form the fabric of the art form.
September 20, 2017
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There is much information that Puiu withholds or hides in order to confront the viewer solely with an obsessive, extremely detailed study of Viorel’s movements (and immobility). Stylistically, Aurora resembles many other films of the Romanian New Wave; for most of its running time, however, Puiu’s exercise seems almost a parody of a Jean-Pierre Melville noir that demystifies the hero and strips him of his aura, in order to immerse him in tawdry, everyday reality.
September 01, 2015
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The extraordinarily powerful ending of Puiu’s third feature Aurora (2010) brings a challengingly quotidian film to a painfully unresolved and darkly absurd conclusion. Like several other works from the so-called Romanian New Wave, such as Police, Adjective(2009), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) and Puiu’s own The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), the narrative unfolds here from such an appreciably limited perspective that the meaning of its steadily accumulated details is not always clear.
March 26, 2014
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