Director: Lisandro Alonso, 2014.
Denmark/Argentina, 109 minutes.
Spanish and Danish with English subtitles.
In the late 19th century, in the Patagonian desert, a crew of explorers search. What do they search for? We are told that Jauja is a fabled city where richness and happiness may be found, but all who have search for it have only found themselves lost somewhere along the way.
Visually striking in its spareness, Alonso crafts a film punctuated by the loneliness of the desert, an endless search for more. A search for happiness, a search for wealth, a search for military deserters, the search for a daughter, the search for escape. Long, slow shots leave the audience to reflect on the atmosphere of isolation and mythology central to the pioneer spirit that would come to claim the West to find and devour its infinite spoils.