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  • Summary: On his first ever hunting trip, in the calm of the Patagonian forest, a shy, epileptic taxidermist who secretly dreams of executing the perfect robbery stumbles upon an opportunity to make his dreams come true. (IFC First Take Films)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Ricardo Darín, wearing a mild-mannered expression of emotional remove, plays the unnamed antihero, obsessed with imagining the perfect robbery. The ''aura'' is the clarity with which he sees -- or imagines he sees -- the world in moments preceding an epileptic attack.
  2. The film is a sure winner for arthouse audiences enamored of the new Argentine cinema, but it has crossover appeal for venturesome viewers in search of a good mystery, as well.
  3. 80
    This is a tremendously atmospheric movie full of moody mystery, and it'll keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
  4. 75
    The Aura holds together as a dreamy variation on "Reservoir Dogs'" heist-gone-wrong fatalism and the know-thyself confrontations of David Mamet's "Homicide."
  5. 75
    Bielinsky's "Nine Queens" was a complex romp through the machinations of high-stakes con artists, but this intricately plotted mystery ventures into darker psychological territory and never misses a step.
  6. Its rhythm is deliberate and unhurried, yet the film is rich with detail and with small, meaningful character revelations -- the running time of more than two hours feels just right.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    The careful camera work, beautifully dank cinematography and the quietly nuanced performance by Darín keep our attention, but in the end, the film's bigger challenge isn't its length, or its deliberate pace: It's that it's overly freighted with symbolism and meaning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. DanieoV.
    Dec 10, 2006
    A magnificent work of cinematic art. The thematic and narrative symmetry were immensely pleasing. The type of movie you'd watch again for the little details and tiny nuances in acting. Expand
  2. TimD
    Nov 19, 2006
    Dark, unsettling, at times hypnotic, the film exerts a grip that didn't let go of me until it was over, and even then images and sounds from it stayed with me for many hours. A first-class piece of work with a world-class actor -- Ricardo Darín -- in the lead role. Expand
  3. PaulK.e
    Dec 7, 2006
    Caught a filmfest screening of this gem last month. If you enjoyed Nine Queens, the same quality filmmaking continue here. Sadly, this is his last film. Expand
  4. ButteredPopcorn
    May 9, 2007
    What a good movie. I only wish it were a bit less violent, though by today's standards, this movie is actually not all too violent.