JununHD Closed Captioning
Paul Thomas Anderson
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About the Movie
In Spring 2015, Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and ‘The Rajasthan Express’ were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur at Mehrangarh Fort. This beautiful and joyously unique 3-week union resulted in the album and film Junun (or 'madness of love’). Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and featuring multicultural musicians from across the Indian subcontinent, this is an intimate, eclectic, and sonic journey. Prepare to be uplifted.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 15
- Fresh: 15
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An immersive portrait of harmonious dialogue between not only East and West, but also man and nature, the past the present.
Fresh: It is, on its own humble terms, a very good movie, and one that contributes something to the cinematic subgenre of the music documentary.
Fresh: Junun treats each piece with the respect it's due: takes are shown from start to finish, and their closing cadences allowed to hang for a moment in the air.
Fresh: PTA and his team of camera operators seem constantly in motion, ducking and weaving among the brass-band ringers and dholak players, attempting always to find a visual correlative for the sonic energy of the room.
In harmony with the mythos of India, the camera pans around the musicians like a diamond, illuminating the multifaceted cultural background of the ensemble. While doing so, the viewer receives glimpses into the fascinating idiosyncrasies of the players, until each fades back into the panorama of the entire unfolding. Residing in a temple embedded on the edge of the city, these musicians embody the mystique of an ancient musical tradition flourishing in the modern world. While viewing the musician’s devotion, contemplation, and love towards their spiritual and artistic medium, a sense of astonishment and inspiration is certain to accompany the viewer along the way.
Such a uniquely immersive experience. The cinematography is excellent and deliberately understated, it’s not a home movie at all, capturing the nuances of expressions along with the music. I’m so glad I bought this because I will be revisiting this movie often, especially on long flights. I’ll be the passenger grinning from ear to ear.
A steallar PTA film
At last I have seen each of PTA’s feature films. Grated, his most recent is this stellar documentary, but the guy seems to do no wrong when it comes to making films.
Junun is simple; place the camera down, press record, pan it, albeit sloppily: watch what happens. It’s a true documentary, as it simply documents what is occurring around the space they are filming in. Johnny Greenwood’s collaboration with an Israeli composer is the setting for this doc, and though the music isn’t my favorite, I never lost interest in what I was watching.
PTA’s doc reassures me that there is no right or wrong way to film a doc. The camera work is messy, but it’s real. Auto-settings are used at times, and focus is adjusted blatantly here and there. Even the editing is “lacking”; sometimes long shots would just stay on screen, even while a camera was re-placed. I really enjoyed this, though.
All in all, a fine documentary, and a lovely addition to PTA’s already stellar resume. 7 out of 10.