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The film's title refers to the semi-conscious fugue state that precedes the taxidermist's epileptic seizures, inducing a sense of disorientation and dread that Bielinsky uses to deepen the film's psychological impact. Darín's dour, worried expression is a fascinating focal point for his character's unpredictable journey into the heart of darkness, and The Aura's primary setting, in the thick forest of Patagonia, is a perfect complement to the film's ominous atmosphere and deliberately paced intrigue. As far-fetched as it may seem at times, the plot's heightened reality remains utterly convincing, and Bielinsky demonstrates an uncanny knack for escalating suspense in quietly intense situations. From start to finish, The Aura is clearly the work of a filmmaker with seemingly limitless potential, and we can only wonder about the excellent films Bielinsky would have made had he lived. Unfortunately, two slight DVD extras on The Aura give us no insight into Bielinsky's too-short career: the "making of" featurette is very brief and consists primarily of an interview with Ricardo Darín, and the behind-the-scenes musical montage is an equally short and perfunctory assembly of production video set to the moody, electronic tones of Lucio Godoy's subtly effective score. --Jeff Shannon
- Behind-the-scenes: a musical montage
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Darín is just fine as the taxidermist hero, rarely giving us more than a single intense expression registering puzzlement, concentration, confusion, fear, or fascination with whatever he is observing. A robbery, which he watches from across the street, has the creepy verisimilitude of amateur news media footage, random gunshots fired by unseen shooters and figures running for cover. Meanwhile, scenes set in deep woods alternate with barren and desolate expanses crossed by hard-top roads leading to distant towns. As with Bielinsky's previous feature "Nine Queens," this film mixes genres that lead to interesting ambiguities and unexpected results. Recommended for fans of crime films with some psychological depth.
The main character of "El aura" is Esteban Espinosa (Ricardo Darín), an epileptict taxidermist whose favorite pastime is to plan crimes he never carries out. The title of this film makes reference to the specific moments when Esteban knows he is going to suffer an epileptic seizure, something that in his case is triggered by stressful situations. However, and due to the fact that Esteban leads a rather boring life, that doesn't happen a lot.
One day, though, something changes. Esteban's wife leaves him, and, without knowing what to do or what to think, he decides to go hunting to the Patagonian forest.with an acquaintance. That is a strange decision, but things get even weirder when he ends up killing an unlikely prey. The result is a very strange situation that presents him with the unique opportunity of making use of his ability to plan, if he is daring enough to seize the chance.
On the whole, I think that "El aura" is the kind of movie you are likely to enjoy, specially if you are fond of thrillers that don't lack originality. Highly recommended!
If you enjoyed Bielinsky teaming with the great Ricardo Darín (El Secreto De Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes)) in the spectacular Nine Queens (a movie David Mamet might wish he wrote), then you're a slam dunk lock to dig 'The Aura.' This was Bielinksy's last film before he died suddenly of a heart attack in 2006. For fans, he left a filmography that is all too short. 'The Aura' serves as a bittersweet reminder of what might have been.
Another reason to watch: sultry Argentinian actress Dolores Fonzi (as Diana Dietrich). Readers of the Journal of Popular Studies (a.k.a., People magazine) will recognize the name: she's the (erstwhile?) girlfriend of Gael García Bernal and mother (though some are disputing that) of his son, Lázaro.
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Intriguing film, that keep us in suspense for almost two hours. Thought the filming and acting was excellent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tom Falcon
One of the best movie from Fabian Bielinsky and Ricardo Darin! A must watch thriller!Published 6 months ago by Celia Gonzalez
A real gem! Excellent cinematography with a low key but constantly surprising plot. Without the risk of being a spoiler the last frame is brilliant!Published 7 months ago by Artbooker
Another awesome movie of Ricardo Darin! Is he fantasizing or living his reality? Try to figure it out. Good conversation movie.Published 10 months ago by Mireya