Jauja (2014)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Western

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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.




  • Viggo Mortensen and Lisandro Alonso at an event for Jauja (2014)
  • Viggo Mortensen and Lisandro Alonso at an event for Jauja (2014)
  • Jauja (2014)
  • Viggo Mortensen at an event for Jauja (2014)
  • Viggo Mortensen and Ghita Nørby at an event for Jauja (2014)
  • Jauja (2014)

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15 September 2015 | peefyn
| Too slow, at times, and with an underwhelming ending.
This movie is beautiful at times. In addition to being in 4:3 format, the colors are made to look like it was shot in the early decades of color movies. This goes excellent together with the "western"-setting. Both the scenery and the costumes worn by the actors, attract your attention, and rewards you for it. The 4:3 format makes me think of cheap western shows made for TV, filmed in studios with backdrops. This move is almost demonstratively not using backdrops, and it has actors moving back and forwards in the scenery, giving the movie a sense of depth (almost despite the aspect ratio).

So, it's good looking. Sadly, the story is not as interesting as the setting. In parts of the movie the story moves painfully slow. There are interesting portions of it, and the story does get going after a while. But in the end of the movie it takes a quick turn to the surreal, which could have been interesting, if it hadn't been ruined straight away by an underwhelming ending. I'm sure there is something to explore with the story, why it ends as it does. The obvious answer is hopefully not the correct one.

On a different note, I liked the acting and the actors in this movie. I understand Danish, and I thought it was great fun to see how it was used along the Spanish. The best scene is maybe the one where French is also spoken.

There's hardly any music in the movie at all, but the little there is is nice. I also liked the sound in this movie, at one point it made me squeam more than I have in a long time.

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