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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Clara Voda
Valeria Seciu
Luminita Gheorghiu
Cristi Puiu.
Directors
Cristi Puiu.
Screenwriters
Cristi Puiu.
Running Time
180 minutes

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Aurora
Terrific Romanian drama


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Plot
Glum middle-aged Romanian Viorel (writer-director Puiu) wanders the city of Bucharest, barely suppressing an anger at the world around him that will soon find bloody voice.


Review
Aurora
Recording measured mundanity with chilling discretion, Cristi Puiu’s performance matches his direction in this study of a killer, conveying the simmering resentment of a crushed soul with nothing left to lose.


Verdict
At three hours long and deliberately paced throughout, this edgy drama return by Cristi Puiu demands patience. Its chilly mood and taut psychological explorations again mark out The Death of Mr. Lazarescu director as a key filmmaker of the Romanian new wave.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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