El Aura (The Aura)
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A lonely taxidermist with a photographic memory dreams of committing the "perfect crime" in Nine Queens director Fabián Bielinsky's deliberately paced existential thriller. Espinosa (Ricardo Darín) is an epileptic fortysomething who makes his living by stuffing creatures for the natural history museum in Buenos Aires. It is there that Espinosa meets friend and fellow taxidermist Sontag (Alejandro Awada). After picking up their paycheck at a nearby bank, Sontag kindly invites the lonely Espinosa to join him in the forests of southern Argentina for a brief hunting getaway. Soon… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"A fuzzy attempt at significance that seems as aimlessly lost in the woods as its heist-plotting characters."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"In the end, the film's bigger challenge isn't its length, or its deliberate pace: It's that it's overly freighted with symbolism and meaning."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"If less neatly realized than Nine Queens, The Aura is the more ambitious film. It is all the more haunting for suggesting narrative possibilities that Bielinsky was just beginning to explore."
‑ Geoffrey O'Brien, Film Comment Magazine
"It's intriguing and absorbing, this thriller about a lonely taxidermist caught up in a shooting accident, a case of mistaken identity and a heist."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A delight to look at, and full of both beautiful music and beautiful silences."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The Aura is richer and less showy than Nine Queens, and it lifts off from the gangster genre to contemplate deeper mysteries. Reminiscent of Antonioni's The Passenger in its obsession with fate and choice."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Argentinian writer/ director Fabian Bielinksy (Nine Queens) creates a character with an intriguing set of traits that inspire an equally intriguing plot."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Tense and twisty, this is what thrillers should be about."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This character-heavy crime thriller from Argentina occasionally gets off track, straying into territory that has little to do with the main story line. But they are interesting digressions, and it's sort of nice to have a movie that's so unpredictable."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"With "The Aura," his final picture, the director adopts a moody atmosphere to convey an original heist thriller set in the mysterious Patagonian forests."
‑ Angela Baldassarre, Sympatico.ca
"Bielinsky also is a most expressive director, achieving considerable nuances and depths of emotion with characters' looks, gestures, body language and silences."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"The moody ambience suggests noir writers David Goodis and Jim Thompson..."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"I have to admit I was more than intrigued by a film featuring an epileptic taxidermist with a photographic memory who fancies that he can commit the perfect crime."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"A startling psychological drama with plenty of unexpected twists, a worthy follow-up [to] Fabian Bielinsky['s] riveting debut Nine Queens."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It's less a deconstruction of the heist film than an ambitious contemplation of our fascination with the genre..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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