El Aura (The Aura)
El Aura (The Aura) (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Aura is a highly original and cerebral thriller that maintains its suspense from start to finish.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A fuzzy attempt at significance that seems as aimlessly lost in the woods as its heist-plotting characters.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Geoffrey O'Brien
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Argentinian writer/ director Fabian Bielinksy (Nine Queens) creates a character with an intriguing set of traits that inspire an equally intriguing plot.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Tense and twisty, this is what thrillers should be about.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Bielinsky also is a most expressive director, achieving considerable nuances and depths of emotion with characters' looks, gestures, body language and silences.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The moody ambience suggests noir writers David Goodis and Jim Thompson...

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Beth Accomando

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Arash Xak
After the dissapointing Nueve Reinas, Bielinsky makes a great film, Interesting & engaging with a bleak & overcast atmosphere
Pierluigi Puccini
Second and sadly last film by Fabián Bielinsky. a compelling thriller with a great performance by Ricardo Darín, as an epileptic and diffident taxidermist with… More
Luke Baldock
El Aura is a wonderfully deep and thoughtful crime film. The bleached look make it a dark and dreary world, but one that doesn't exclude viewers. It's… More
Ross Collins
At the EIFF 2006 I was expecting more from Fabian's second (and last) movie following his fantastic debut with "Nine Queens". This movie was very… More
Drew Smith
The best part about The Aura is its tone. It is an entirely overcast movie, perpetually threatened by the possibility of rain (on which it never delivers). It… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Aura," the taxidermist(Ricardo Darin) is an epileptic who is great with details and has a photographic memory.(I can only… More