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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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Plot:
A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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To Live a Better Life, there is not a Second Option for a Desolate Man See more (39 total) »

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

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
Edgardo Sanucci .... legal consultant
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:
The museum scenes were actually shot at two different locations distant from each other. The exterior shot and the scene in which Sontag is introduced were filmed at Museo de La Plata (In the city of La Plata), while both the hall of stuffed mammals and bank scenes were filmed in Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales (in the city of Buenos Aires).See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as The Aura (????)See more »
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
To Live a Better Life, there is not a Second Option for a Desolate Man, 14 November 2009
Author: Cihan Sean Victorydawn Vercan (CihanVercan) from Ottawa, Canada

Ricardo Darin's Espinosa portrait is just like my reflection in the mirror. I found myself in it. Fabian Bielinsky's 3rd directing and 5th screenplay experience happened to be his last step of his career. With El Aura, he carries us away into the world of a misunderstood desolate man. For most films, people don't like reading a review or collecting detailed information before actually seeing the film. But if the film you're approaching is a mystery and cannot be understood easily in the first view, you should get some clue of it before watching. Anyhow, El Aura is one of them.

Esteban Espinosa earns his life with taxidermy, filling up animal hides of wild-life. He is a naturalist and jack of all trades, has a strong memory and is very observant. One day waiting at a queue at the bank, he shares his most marvellous dream -to rob a bank- with his friend; while he is being offered to accompany his friend for shoot day out in the forest. On a Monday, they settle into a motel in the forest, where they weren't hosted well enough and were questioned if they are local; putting them on the jitters. With this bad mood, they start arguing while hunting for deers. After his friend insulted him and left him alone; he gets caught into a major epilepsy fit for a moment and falls in a faint. When he wakes up he is unconscious; and while aiming to shoot a deer, he suddenly turns his rifle to an old man walking in the forest and shoots him. Gaining back his conscious, he goes near to the man he shot; whose cell-phone starts to ring. Espinosa takes his cellphone and his i.d. ; then hides the corpse in a pit. To avoid the trouble he fell into, he remains calm and turns back to motel to stay there longer than planned. His friend goes back to the city, then he starts stepping towards his mysterious journey; when he finds out that the man he killed is the owner of the motel.

The screenplay segments work completely perfect: Plot is very well built, script is written professionally in a plain format, story developing at its best, character developing is well crafted, and the main theme is so wisely gives multiple messages and views. Everything we see, we hear, we witness are elements of a complete mystery. This film needs to be seen very carefully. Flashback sequences will be refreshing our memory of the earlier scenes where it's completely necessary. Also it's clearly to see that the editing and the full post-production job with music and sound effects are best fit.

I find it essential to analyze Esteban Espinosa's characterization work. There are 4 basic factors that differentiates Espinosa's character:

1/His life... 2/His dreams... 3/His self-defensive attitudes... 4/His disability:Epilepsy

He is not happy living his life on his own. He has a hidden adventurous character. He likes trouble, he likes testing his limits. Thus he pokes his nose into everything. He steals, collects and carries with him almost everything he thinks it's useful. In fact, Esteban Espinosa character may be an awesome sample of a Point-and-click Adventure Game. His character has been designed to be another Guybrush or another George Stobbart. Overall, El Aura is among the best of all-time Mystery/Adventure movies.

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