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The Aura -- A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime.

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15 September 2005 (Argentina) See more »
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A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ricardo Darín ... Esteban Espinosa, the taxidermist

Dolores Fonzi ... Diana Dietrich
Pablo Cedrón ... Sosa
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart ... Julio
Jorge D'Elía ... Urien
Alejandro Awada ... Sontag
Rafa Castejón ... Vega

Manuel Rodal ... Carlos Dietrich
Walter Reyno ... Montero
Alejandro Gancé
Daniel Alejandro Ovando
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido D'Albo ... Hotel administrator

Daniel Delevin
Eva ... The dog
Claudio Rissi ... Vega (voice)
Victoria Vescio ... Vanina, the prostitue's daughter
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Directed by
Fabián Bielinsky 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fabián Bielinsky 

Produced by
Mariela Besuievsky .... producer
Cecilia Bossi .... executive producer
Pablo Bossi .... producer
Diego Conejero .... executive producer
José Garcia Espina .... on-set executive producer
José Luis García Espina .... executive producer
Augusto Greco .... assistant producer
Samuel Hadida .... producer
Victor Hadida .... executive producer
Gerardo Herrero .... producer
Ariel Saúl .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Lucio Godoy 
 
Cinematography by
Checco Varese 
 
Film Editing by
Alejandro Carrillo Penovi 
Fernando Pardo 
 
Casting by
Eugenia Levin 
 
Art Direction by
Mercedes Alfonsín 
 
Set Decoration by
Matías Martínez 
Fernanda Tripoli 
 
Costume Design by
Marisa Urruti 
 
Makeup Department
Marisa Amenta .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Federico Brizzio .... production manager
Micaela Buye .... assistant production manager
Federico Noejovich .... location production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Federico Berón .... assistant director
Martin Hodara .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Carlos Abbate .... supervising sound editor
Droopy .... foley editor
Droopy .... foley recordist
José Luis Díaz .... supervising sound editor
Facundo Paco Girón .... boom operator
Cecilia Rivero .... sound editor
Victor Alejandro Tendler .... sound mixer
Guido Valerga .... boom operator
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Special Effects by
Federico Cueva .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Iñaki Bilbao .... digital supervisor
Gabriel Campañó .... mastering supervisor
Blas Galera .... digital conform editor
Claudio Güell .... digital intermediate colorist
Jorge Jesús .... digital colorist
Claudio Langsam .... digital effects artist
Gonzalo Moure .... visual effects supervisor
Marcos Onaindia .... visual effects supervisor
Cristian Tonhaiser .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Federico Cueva .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aníbal Cattaneo .... key grip
Maximiliano Curcu .... video assist
Leonardo Hermo .... first assistant camera
Mathias Mesa .... camera operator: "a" camera
Matías Mesa .... Steadicam operator
Jaime Muschietti .... electrician
Gabriel Quevedo .... assistant Steadicam operator
Gabriel Quevedo .... assistant camera
Ricardo W. Romero .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Soledad Cancela .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chema Alba .... scanning and film recording
Eva Alonso .... post-production coordinator
Noelia Gorrón .... post-production coordinator
Nuria López .... scanning and film recording
María Martín .... post-production coordinator
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... color timer
Luciana Pets .... assistant editor
Verónica Pérez .... scanning and film recording
Cristina Rissotto .... negative cutter
Franciso Román .... post-production coordinator
Silvia Torralba .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Dario Eskenazi .... composer: additional music
Dario Eskenazi .... musician: piano
Juan Pablo González Saccone .... assistant music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Alejandro Sarquis .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Juan Aguirre .... key accountant
Raquel Flotta .... publicist: R.F. Comunicaciones
Fabian Gabelli .... animal wrangler
Guillermo Greco .... continuity
Mariana Hambra .... production assistant
Marina Hambra .... production assistant
Lito Muratchik .... seguros
Clarissa Pardina .... production assistant
Paola Scagnet .... production coordinator
Andrés G. Schaer .... premiere and release
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El aura" - Argentina (original title)
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Runtime:
134 min | Argentina:138 min
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Trivia:
Argentina's official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards for the category of Foreign Language Film.See more »
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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Noir in Patagonia: last work of an Argentinean original, 19 December 2006
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The Aura (El Aura) is Bielinsky's second feature. Two will be all we'll have from him, because he died this year of a heart attack at forty-six. The first is Nine Queens, which is rather famous and suffered an American remake. Nine Queens is an exceptionally inventive teaser and puzzler about con games. The Aura is a teaser and puzzler too, but a moodier noir, focused on a 'existential" loser hero (like Meursault in Camus' Stranger), with a slower pace and a more beautiful look. It meanders and winds up more or less where it started – plus a shaggy dog. Maybe it goes on too long, but Bielinsky has used the noir format – a heist, actually several, that go wrong; a naive man who falls in with dangerous company – to develop a rich and mysterious character who's got all the ambitions and defects of the noir hero, and then some. No one respects him and his larcenous ambitions are absurd, but when things get going he holds his own against some pretty rough characters. He goes through many emotions, while remaining fascinatingly unreadable and strange.

This unnamed hero (the exceptional Ricardo Darin, who also starred in Nine Queens), a taxidermist in Buenos Aires with epilepsy, first appears on the floor in front of an ATM machine after a seizure. He gets up and pushes the button and the cash comes out—his life is like that. Next, he's in his workshop assembling a fox. While he's delivering it to a museum he meets Sontag (Alejandro Awada), a condescending friend (strangers look down on him too) to whom he explains how easy it would be to rob the guards bringing the employees' pay. To show how much the taxidermist believes his own fantasy, we see the imaginary robbery rapidly enacted around them. Sontag has heard all this before, and seen his friend show off his photographic memory, and has little use for any of this. But since his first choice for the weekend was unavailable, he invites the taxidermist to come hunting. He refuses. But then, going home and finding his wife has left him, he changes his mind.

Out in the woods of Patagonia he accidentally kills a man called Dietrich (Manuel Rodal) who owns a seedy hunting lodge, and after Sontag leaves in a huff knowing nothing about this, the taxidermist falls heir to his victim's plans for robbing a casino. A pair of vicious hoods (Pablo Ceyrón, Walter Reyno) turn up, hired long distance to take part in the heist but not yet knowing all the details of it. The taxidermist improvises, as he's always done, about a robbery, based on what he's seen in the dead man's shack, foolishly pretending that he's been in on the plan all along. He also gets involved with Dietrich's young wife Diana (Dolores Fonzi) and her surly teenage brother Julio (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart). Finding neckties, chips, and notebooks with betting schemes, he goes to the casino and is immediately spotted by a security man-cum-loan shark (Jorge D'Elia) who picks his pocket and turns out to be the man who planned the caper with Dietrich. The taxidermist's larcenous ambitious are absurd, in his hands the plans for the heist get ever more complicated and confused, but he nonetheless bluffs his way through. There's another heist too that he gets to peek at as a result of listening to messages on Dietrich's cell phone. They all go wrong, Reservoir Dogs style.

"The Aura" is the word doctors give the moment before an epileptic attack, he tells Diana, a magic moment when he feels safe and free, but is helpless to resist the seizure. Apart from the striking widescreen photography of cinematographer Checco Varese, we can almost see the sound track, created by Jose Luis Diaz Ouzande and Carlos Abbate, which creates the epileptic attacks as aural environments, and brings in sputterings of guns and twitterings of birds; this is further enhanced by the music, never obtrusive, of Lucio Godoy.

The beauty of Bielensky's pacing is that the rush of action is interrupted by peaceful pauses, and the story, which is far more complex than we can suggest here, is sequenced in days to give it structure. Writers have alluded to a zombie movie or a Beckett story as hiding somewhere here. The torturous suspense of Coens' Blood Simple comes to mind, and also many previous noirs, but The Aura, with its Patagonian atmosphere and striking images and sound and its careful pacing, is distinctive. Darin's character is central to the film. Never was a noir more about character and never was that character so unique. Yet the taxidermist, like Dietrich's wolf-like dog with burning eyes who adopts him, remains a cinematic enigma. Bielinsky was an original and a meticulous craftsman who gives you lots to chew on. With this second feature, Bielinsky's demise seems tragic. The world has lost someone who was already becoming a master.

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