Aurora (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 10, 2012
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Puiu, who also directed, goes too far in making the movie's violent undertone feel like just one more bit of modern malaise.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

It seems that without the sociopolitical baggage, the Romanian new wave can be vacuous and vapid indeed.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Everything that takes place feels so deliberately orchestrated that the seeming meaninglessness of certain actions become charged with, er, "meaning."

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Mark Jenkins

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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Define the movies however you want -- escapist bits of fun, illuminations of the human condition, comforts or challenges -- and Aurora would still fail miserably.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

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