like wu yen, extravagant iteration on amateur folk theater tradition. politics are boorish but best moustache comedy since gol maal, and the "bear hunt" scene should be legendary.
after all of motwane's clever genre inversions, the beautiful textures, the action sequences (dance bar surveillance turned motorcycle in the train station yes but that first fist fight in the apartment most of all), the easy movement between grounded realism and masala fantasy, this is a film where an engaged young man stands and looks out at the city he thought he loved and realizes it's not that city any more, or maybe it never was.
jauja is often but not always about a man trying to walk through a landscape without falling, although he ends up falling often.
jauja is a film for people who love horses and dogs.
the horizon in jauja rarely dominates, it is a landscape film where the screen is most often dominated by tall grass, rocks, dirt, still water, rocks. in one of the central moments the night sky dominates the frame, but in that shot the central figure is…