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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one of the clumsiest and most unpleasant male characters i've encountered. at first i thought it was the ultimate avatar of emptiness and alienation, a person in which nothing builds up, the complete opposite of raskolnikov, 'cause if the latter is an ever growing whirlpool of paranoid self-destruction,this one here is linear, lacking any adhesion whatsoever to reality, murdering to catapult himself out of lethargy,
3 hours of slow burn and an insight into a man who's lost it. This is one of the most anti Hollywood films I think I've seen. Virtually devoid of exposition the viewer is left to try and contemplate the connections of all the players. It's not until the end that Puiu wraps things up and gives the audience some relief. The camera work is measured and consistent and the film is virtually without score. 3.5 stars.
A 3 hour Romanian film may be a tough sell for most of the American moviegoing public, but Cristi Puiu's engrossing follow-up to THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU is a taut and darkly funny look at the into the mindset of a killer. Bravely humanizes its protagonist (whose motives remain unknown), and follows his grim quest with voyeuristic intensity and a wry sense of humor.
aurora is a huge disappointment i can hardly say one's patience gets rewarded because the film falls apart in front of your eyes and puiu overestimated both his talent and acting skills it's slow contemplative cinema at its worst avoid
same old, same old. I'm not so happy about Cristi Puiu's style, but at least this was more entertaining than The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu. And thank God of all motion pictures this was not a film about communism. And I'm so sure it was absolutely necessary for him to show us his genitalia. But at least now we know Hitchcock's shower scene is not the most frightening shower scene ever. And no, I'm not against nudity.