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A mesmerizing new masterwork from the director of the critically-acclaimed The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Aurora is a murder mystery turned on its head - where the mystery's not the culprit, but the motive. Inside a non-descript apartment kitchen, a man and a woman discuss the inconsistencies in Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. Behind a line of abandoned trailers, on the outskirts of Bucharest, the same man waits for something or someone to arrive. At a metallurgical factory, he collects two hand-made firing pins… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Puiu, who also directed, goes too far in making the movie's violent undertone feel like just one more bit of modern malaise."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Everything that takes place feels so deliberately orchestrated that the seeming meaninglessness of certain actions become charged with, er, "meaning.""
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"This does not have the humanity and accessibility of The Death of Mr Lazarescu, but it certainly has a dark, lowering presence on the screen."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"At three hours long and deliberately paced throughout, this edgy drama return by Cristi Puiu demands patience."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Aurora fully explores the time before and after a killer strikes, and it has the cumulative effect of making what passes for a "motive" seem absurdly simplistic."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"It's a masterly film that draws us into a world controlled by unseen forces, but it concludes, intentionally, by compelling (not inviting) us to explain why Viorel acts this way."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A murder movie languishing in a suicidal stupor. Save some strength to crawl out of the cinema."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Another hefty slice of eastern european life - even longer, even slower and even glummer."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"While Aurora is a formal triumph, it's less resonant than either 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days or The Death of Mr. Lazarescu."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Define the movies however you want -- escapist bits of fun, illuminations of the human condition, comforts or challenges -- and Aurora would still fail miserably."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It does reward close attention - and its final act comes very close to being worth one of cinema's more epic waits."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
"It's an intellectual wheeze, but too chilly to connect."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"It's not the most cheerful film, but it's not a dirge."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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