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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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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Mar 18, 2015
    83
    Everything signals birth—of Argentina, cinema, the nuclear family—until Dinesen descends into a womb-like cave and Jauja takes a hard left turn into enigma. Even the title is a mystery, the Spanish byword for a land of plenty.
  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: Scott Tobias
    Mar 19, 2015
    70
    Locking into the film’s rhythms requires patience and an abandonment of preconceptions, but it’s nonetheless Alonso’s most accessible work to date, buoyed by spare but lush photography and Viggo Mortensen’s magnetic presence in the lead role. It takes a special kind of charisma to bring viewers along on a journey to nowhere.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 18, 2015
    63
    With ravishing landscapes, violent political allegory and a glacial narrative that takes an abrupt left turn in the third act: Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja resolutely checks every 2015 art-film box.
  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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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. 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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