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  • Summary: Aurora is a murder mystery turned on its head - where the mystery's not the culprit, but the motive. Inside a non-descript apartment kitchen, a man and a woman discuss the inconsistencies in Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. Behind a line of abandoned trailers, on the outskirts of Bucharest, the same man waits for something or someone to arrive. At a metallurgical factory, he collects two hand-made firing pins secretly prepared by a coworker. the man's name is Viorel. he is 42 years old, divorced, a father of two young girls, and today he will carry out a plant that will bring order to his world. (A Cinema Guild Release) Collapse
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 29, 2011
    83
    Over a difficult three-hour sprawl, Cristi Puiu's Aurora fully explores the time before and after a killer strikes, and it has the cumulative effect of making what passes for a "motive" seem absurdly simplistic.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 28, 2011
    80
    A quiet, steady burn filled with stretches of unsettlingly reverberant silence cleaved in half by a midpoint eruption of violence. Here there is before, and then there is after.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 15, 2011
    75
    The film takes its time detailing his mundane activities, often withholding the kind of information audiences usually expect, and it's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society.
  4. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Jun 28, 2011
    70
    Call it a mental workout that (although considerably less arduous than reading Sartre) some might find exhausting and others exhilarating. Aurora is not a movie to make you glad that you exist; it's a movie that makes you aware that you do.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jun 28, 2011
    63
    What Puiu seems to be suggesting is that the complexities of human behavior and relationships are beyond the power of the law to comprehend, but are they also beyond the power of the cinema?
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 1, 2011
    40
    Maddeningly mundane, this Romanian drama aims for an antiseptic look at random violence and, unfortunately, achieves it.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 28, 2011
    20
    Puiu offers zero insight into his character; only suckers will find the pose artful or nourishing. Skip it.

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