About the Movie
An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, JAUJA (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s. Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory to find the young couple. Featuring a superb performance from Mortensen, JAUJA (the name suggests a fabled city of riches sought by European explorers) is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes him to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 61
- Fresh: 54
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The rounded-off corners of the almost-square frames evoke early movies and antique photographs, and there is wit and mischief in the way Mr. Alonso plays with the relationship between what we see, what we don't see and what we expect to see.
Fresh: Even if director Lisandro Alonso meanders a bit, he pulls a rabbit hole out of his hat in the end ...
Fresh: "Jauja" makes one cryptic leap too many at the end, but until then it evocatively confounds.
Fresh: The film is expansive, pushing the ideas that Alonso has probed in the past further than he has ever taken them.
I don't understand the ending…..
Confusing is right!
This movie takes a long time to get to its message, which is that nothing matters: the surreal cave scene, and then the bizarre ending scene. It’s got some beautiful scenes in it — and I admire the director for shooting it unconventionally —, and Viggo’s as great as ever, but the effort seems misguided and ultimately wastet. I’d recommend you read the book of Ecclesiastes instead.