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4.1
2,130 Ratings

Junun

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
United States, India, 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
In a sense, Anderson’s latest film is another study of cultures in transition, even if some of its greatest insights on the matter arrive via brief shots of drones and laptops instead of monologues and visual set pieces. It is also, simply, the site of some phenomenal music. That these two qualities of Junun don’t necessarily complement one another might suggest—especially in light of Anderson’s filmography—that it’s much harder to talk about the present than the past.
November 20, 2015
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Whether Anderson knew he was planning to document this recording session remains thrillingly ambiguous throughout, as Junun comes across as a ramshackle example of a PTA cine-improvisation, revealing a side of this exacting formalist that’s seldom been seen in public (well, maybe in his on-stage Q&As?). Instant gratification is yielded from the amazing music being created; surging, brass-driven cacophonies which pummel the listener into a temporary trance.
October 11, 2015
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It is a fairly simple observational approach enhanced by Anderson’s great eye for composition and the power of the musical performances.
September 14, 2016
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