Jauja

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  • Summary: Captain Gunnar Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen) has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they runCaptain Gunnar Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen) has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory, against his men’s wishes, to find the young couple. [Cinema Guild] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 17, 2015
    100
    Even beyond its charismatic star, Jauja is captivating, not least because of Alonso's ability to capture the cruel beauty of the natural landscape — you can almost see the earth itself refusing to accept European imperialism blithely.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 19, 2015
    90
    The rounded-off corners of the almost-square frames evoke early movies and antique photographs, and there is wit and mischief in the way Mr. Alonso plays with the relationship between what we see, what we don’t see and what we expect to see.
  3. Reviewed by: Jake Cole
    Sep 19, 2014
    88
    Other films of this ilk use widescreen composition to highlight a terrifying existential void, but these cramped frames tend to produce the nutty energy of cabin fever.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Sep 22, 2014
    80
    In Jauja, Alsonso saves his most dazzling trick for last: a sudden plunge down a Lynchian rabbit hole that should, by all means, rupture the film’s hypnotizing atmosphere, but instead pulls the viewer in even deeper.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 26, 2015
    70
    Jauja makes one cryptic leap too many at the end, but until then it evocatively confounds.
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Sep 22, 2014
    70
    The last sequence takes the esoterism one step farther, in a beautiful ending that seems to link European wealth to those long-ago events in Latin America.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 20, 2015
    40
    There’s a line between artfully contemplative and just plain boring. This film eventually crosses it into Snoozeville.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. Jun 27, 2015
    3
    Yeah, no, no this isn't for me. I had to stop halfway through out of sheer boredom, unfortunately, though I can see how Lisandro Alonso'sYeah, no, no this isn't for me. I had to stop halfway through out of sheer boredom, unfortunately, though I can see how Lisandro Alonso's unconventional western will appeal to some viewers. Jauja, like Force Majeure, suffers from its lingering shots that seem to go on and on; usually this is done for a purpose, but the only purpose I can see is to convey the scintillating beauty of the film. The cinematography is the aspect of Jauja preventing me from giving it 1 or 2 points, but however gorgeous the film is, the storyline is still lacking. Shame. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2015
    2
    Just plain bad. I only watched the first half, after what I walked out of the cinema. I heard that the second half is better, but I've got noJust plain bad. I only watched the first half, after what I walked out of the cinema. I heard that the second half is better, but I've got no intention of seeing the movie again with that hope. Lingering unnecessary shots, poor acting, terrible narrative, zero appeal. The most meaningful thing in the whole first half was a guy masturbating himself. Come to think of it, the whole movie seems like an excuse from the director to stare at the mirror and masturbate to his own image. The only good things in the film were the photography and the filming, but anyways, it's something any person with good cameras and cinematographic consciousness can do. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2015
    0
    Saw this at the Istanbul Film Festival, a polite crowd, because my wife and I were whispering that back home in the US the crowd would beSaw this at the Istanbul Film Festival, a polite crowd, because my wife and I were whispering that back home in the US the crowd would be laughing out loud about midway through. Seemed like something some high school students may put together. Many scenes just burned up seconds for no reason. I think I was supposed to be awed by the scenery, but after a minute or two of grass waving in the wind I'm ready to snooze. Sometimes the actors seemed clueless what to do with their time. Candidate for worst film I've ever seen. Expand

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