Aurora

  • 12A
  • Cristi Puiu (2010)
  • Rom / Fr / Swi / Ger (SUB)
  • 183 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The second of Cristi Puiu's proposed "Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest" - the first was The Death of Mr Lazarescu in 2005 - is a rigorous study of a man's daily life that also doubles as a gripping thriller, as the director also stars as a motiveless killer awaiting his moment to strike. Angry at the world after losing his job, Puiu's middle-aged Viorel endures fractious encounters with his mother, a neighbour whose leaky plumbing has damaged his ceiling, some decorators and shop assistants at a downtown boutique. But his special ire is reserved for others and Puiu depicts the dispensing of twisted justice with a ruthless efficiency that is all the more chilling for its detachment. Despite Viorel Sergovici's camera being kept at a discreet distance, this feels like a relentless intrusion into private pain with Puiu's hangdog performance reflecting the disillusion with changes that have simply inflicted an alternative misery upon Romania's long-suffering citizens.

Cast and crew

Cast

Viorel Ghenghea
Cristi Puiu
Gina Filip
Clara Voda
Pusa
Valeria Seciu
Mrs Rodica Livinski
Catrinel Dumitrescu
Mioara
Luminita Gheorghiu

Crew

Director
Cristi Puiu

Other Information

Language: 
Romanian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
New Wave Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence, brief nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 9 Nov 2012