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1,940 Ratings

Junun

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
United States, 2015
Documentary, Music

Synopsis

A journey with Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan where Greenwood and the director are hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur is documented. Their final destination, the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, presents Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur as they record an album together.

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Junun Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Junun

    Musically a triumph...visually...well even in the hands of the much revered Paul Thomas Anderson there is only so much one can do with a camcorder. The jerky camera movements and frankly uninspired visual motifs make one wish that the doc just focused on the music being made with the proper camera equipment. For in the end this is only a dvd-extra quality document about the making of a record.

  • Jason's rating of the film Junun

    I would conceivably buy the album. Not so sure about the Unstedicam. The camera operators may have been drunk. If I were them I would have been smoking hash. If I were me I would have been smoking hash. Why wasn't I smoking hash? Is this Orientalism? What would Edward Said say? Just joking (?). I actually like this movie. Another music doc, however, where the white people make me a wee bit queasy.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Junun

    Nice music video. I've enjoyed world fusion music for 25 years. But why are people pretending that this is a real film? This is an extended music video, like a "Making-of-Junun" promo. Added scenes of musicians shopping or playing with equipment between takes doesn't make it a film, that isn't substance. GIMME SHELTER is a real film, to name one example. And not just because of the length, but because of substance.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Junun

    Overwhelms the senses in the most exhilarating way. While I found all of the music enchanting, I was especially fond of the evening session when Chugge Khan incorporated the morsing/mouth harp. I can't wait to get my hands on the stand alone soundtrack.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Junun

    80/100 - Anderson's direction is singular and subtly thematic in what seems to be a significant moment in contemporary music and culture. At times, the dynamic hand-camera makes one feel present; at other times, it loses perspective and displays amateur control, ridding the continuity of presence. 5 Stars for the bird feeding sequence and all but one song (guess which).

  • Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film Junun

    Junun - isn't that an oxymoron? Dear Mubi, get Tarantino on here next so that he too can feel the pure righteous venom of Edna Sweetlove's 1* mayhem. Eat me, fannyboys! Up the forum! I'm Spartacus! Yeeha!

  • filmcapsule's rating of the film Junun

    The music of Junun is fiery, passionate and intoxicating; Anderson's companion-piece is both punchy and laconic, a cinematic travelogue capturing the spirit of communion and dialogue that pervades the music. Eschewing a buttoned-up formality that would have been singularly unsuited to the project, Anderson instead concentrates on the beat of his experience as a traveller. http://filmcapsule.com/2015/10/12/junun-2015/

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Junun

    This feels like an intermission from PTA's usual oeuvre. It's more of an objective account than a subjective comment on this multicultural musical collaboration. Substance over style, his directorial role is merely functional, allowing this diasporic fusion of sound and hybridity of musical genre to flourish. The acoustic canvas is an experimental delight.