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The Aura 2005

  • Fabián Bielinsky
  • August 11, 2006
  • 134 mins
  • Spanish; Castilian
  • Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
In neo-noir fashion El Aura narrates in the first person the hallucinating voyage of Espinoza, a quiet, cynical taxidermist, who suffers epilepsy attacks, and is obsessed with committing the perfect crime.

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Ricardo Darin has almost no dialogue to work with, but is in practically every frame. He gets unbelievable mileage out of his handsome weather-beaten visage which is capable of portraying fear, detachment, guile and sympathy within a single scene.

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Esteban is a taxidermist that spends his free time in planning for perfect robs, one day, due to an hunt accident, he is able to fulfill his dreams and really do it. At first moved by curiosity and then, almost forced, he will plan and act as brain in a gang in an assault to a bank-furgon. The movie has a superb work of photography as all is in mid-darkness and exhales an aura of offspring absolutely convincing. Darín is, as always, impressive in his paper of "weird" one. On the other hand, the development of the film is SO slow that the story, rather than increase, losses all its interest. The 2 hours it last become almost a torture, as in most of the movie, nothing happens and when it happens, its not very well done. In fact it is a movie that I should not recommend, although I must admit that the 2 good points that the movie has are very good, but a movie must be also interesting, and this is not.

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