Jauja (2014)

Director: Lisandro Alonso
Writer: Lisandro Alonso, Fabian Casas
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Diego Roman, Ghita Nørby, Mariano Arce, Viilbjørk Malling Agger
Part of: Viennale

Gunnar (Viggo Mortensen) traveled from Denmark to somewhere in Latin America. He is a land surveyor making his way through the desert with his men and his daughter Ingeborg (Viilbjørk Malling Agger). But Ingeborg falls in love with one of his men and then she suddenly disappears. Gunnar starts to wander the desert, always looking for his daughter.

Before I had seen Jauja, I thought that Foxcatcher would turn out to be the most boring movie I’d see at the Viennale this year. Boy, was I wrong.


It felt like the film was about 80% shots of the desert. Very pretty, but not very engaging. It kept me wishing that something would happen (though when things did start to happen, I almost wished to go back to the not-happening part). Viggo Mortensen wasn’t bad but I have rarely been so bored in my enitre life.

And to add insult to injury, it didn’t even go anywhere. [SPOILERS] I really love time travel movies, but I’m not even sure this is one. The jump into the future, the old Ingeborg in the desert [/SPOILERS] – it was just completely, insanely unnecessary and pointless. And boring. I know, I’m repeating myself, but I’m probably just emulating the film – because that’s exactly how I felt.

jauja1The only good thing of its aimlessness was that the very racist portrayal of a native tribesman went nowhere either. He makes his appearance as a magical wildling, and then disappears never to be seen of or heard from again. Because whatever, you know.

I wish there had been one thing I liked about the film apart from the beautiful desert and Viggo Mortensen’s face but no such luck.

jauja2jpgSummarizing: much, much too long and completely pointless.

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