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Aurora

  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Cristi Puiu
  • 183 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Viorel a 42 year old man troubled by obscure thoughts drives across the city to a destination known only to him.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Viorel GhengheaCristi Puiu
Gina FilipClara Voda
PusaValeria Seciu
Mrs Rodica LivinskiCatrinel Dumitrescu
MioaraLuminita Gheorghiu

Crew

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DirectorCristi Puiu

Details

Theatrical distributor
New Wave Pictures
Released on
2012-11-09
Languages
Romanian
Guidance
Violence, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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