A lonely taxidermist with a photographic memory dreams of committing the "perfect crime" in Nine Queens director Fabián Bielinsky's deliberately paced existential thriller. Espinosa (Ricardo Darín) is an epileptic fortysomething who makes his living by stuffing creatures for the natural history museum in Buenos Aires. It is there that Espinosa meets friend and fellow taxidermist Sontag (Alejandro Awada). After picking up their paycheck at a nearby bank, Sontag kindly invites the lonely Espinosa to join him in the forests of southern Argentina for a brief hunting getaway. Soon after checking into their hotel, Sontag and Espinosa take to nature in hopes of bagging a buck, but their voyage takes a dark turn when, in the grip of another seizure, Espinosa accidentally shoots and kills hotel owner Dietrich (Manuel Rodal). Though his suspicions that Dietrich was involved with some shady dealings seem little more than a means for justifying the tragic turn of events, Espinosa soon realizes that he may be onto something when a pair of thugs named Sosa (Pablo Cedron) and Montero (Walter Reyno) come searching for the missing proprietor. As all of the elements quickly fall into place, it begins to appear as if Espinosa may finally be prepared to execute the crime he has always dreamt about. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Set in an anonymous Latin American country, (perhaps Chile?) the Aura surprised me, pleasantly! Here is a moody, non-Hollywood piece that keeps one riveted to the end. The unlikely hereo, an epileptic taxidermist maintains his character throughout as do all supporting characters. It is subtitled which adds to the mystique. The soundtrack is just as suspenseful as the movie. The thing about the movie that gripped me was how the story, though wild, somehow convinces the viewer that it really could happen. Avant garde movie goers should not miss this one!
I began to watch this as well and was at first turned off by the sub-titles and didnt know it as in spanish. BUT.......... for soem reason i couldnt send oit back, so held onto it till the weekend.. I started to watch it again and it was amazing.. captivating.. mesmerizing.. sort of like the movie INSOMNIA with the darkness and color and angles and all thatl. but... the STORY i haev to say was brilliant !
VERY highly recommended, so get into it and you wont regret it.. i know i didnt ( :