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Jauja (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 27 November 2014 (Argentina)
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A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

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Lisandro Alonso
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Credited cast:
Viggo Mortensen ... Gunnar Dinesen
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Woman in the cave
Viilbjørk Malling Agger Viilbjørk Malling Agger ... Ingeborg
Esteban Bigliardi Esteban Bigliardi ... Angel Milkibar
Diego Roman Diego Roman
Adrián Fondari Adrián Fondari ... Pittaluga
Mariano Arce Mariano Arce
Misael Saavedra Misael Saavedra
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Brian Patterson Brian Patterson
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A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

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Drama | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Language:

Spanish | Danish | French

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Lisandro Alonso Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark See more »

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Budget:

ARS 3,000,000 (estimated)
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4L,Arte,Bananeira Filmes See more »
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When the writers began to outline the story, the main character was British. Later they decided to move away a little from the context of the English in 19th century Argentina; it occurred to them that the character could be Danish and started to think of Viggo Mortensen as a possible choice for the lead role. They continued rewriting the film with him in mind until Mortensen himself also began to get involved and to provide lots of ideas, thus leading to his casting. See more »

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Jauja (2014, Lisandro Alonso)
21 December 2015 | by Gloede_The_SaintSee all my reviews

Jauja is a poetical, mesmerizing and refreshingly quiet film. The camera is content not to move unless necessary. Occasionally it follows a character, but more often than people are allowed to walk out of frame. The sound-picture is primarily bird twitter in a distance. To my joy, we could observe the rider approaching, and it was not so impatient to cut to the arrival.

This can of course only work if the visuals are strong enough to allow your eyes to rest on the details. It was easy be consumed by the moving images at hand, to stare, to slow down yourself and appreciate the beauty - while at the same time a suspense is created. This is a skill only certain masters, such as Tarkovsky and Melville, have mastered, and Lisandro Alonso and his cinematographer Timo Salminen (known for his work with Kaurismaki) managed to bring the same, rare eye. I was astonished.

Interestingly, though possibly a character flaw of my own, my mind could stop placing the film in the context of the Brazilian New Wave. The way the characters moved within the frame, and the atmosphere captured would have fit just as perfectly 45 years ago. The occasional moments of absurd but subdued humor would also have fit. This is in no way criticism or calling the piece unoriginal, but rather making the claim that Jauja is timeless.

Viggo Mortenson is at the center of the piece, he too subdued - but with powerful eyes. My mind drifting as it does I could not help to imagine Klaus Kinski, though Mortenson brings a far more mellow feeling. In his own way he drives the film, perhaps even to the same degree as the frame. His eyes and very being might haunt you. I still conjure up his posture in my mind even as I am writing this.

Co-written by poet Fabian Casas there are clearly more ambition in the events themselves, which I will not thoroughly discuss. The calmness, even under terror, makes it ripe for contemplation - and I believe last 20-30 minutes and particularly the ending itself will leave you with a lot to think about.


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