Synopsis: A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Lisandro Alonso
Production: Cinema Guild
  6 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

The Ancient Ones said that Jauja

was a mythological land of

abundance and happiness.

Many expeditions tried to

find the place to verify this.

With time, the legend grew


People were undoubtedly exaggerating,

as they usually do.

The only thing that

is known for certain

is that all who tried to find this

earthly paradise got lost on the way.

Father, why can't I have

a dog of my own?

You will, Inge.

But not until we return home.

What kind of dog would you like?

One that follows me everywhere.

I see...

One like that...

That certainly won't be easy.

I'm sure we'll find a way.

My sweet girl.

Would you like a drink?


When are we leaving

for the desert fort?

In two weeks.

- It's high time we left.

- Yes.

I'll be in charge of the convoy.

There are several wagons.

I'll prepare a special carriage

for Ingeborg.

So she can travel comfortably.

Or are you leaving her here?

No, she'll come with me.

Is it true, everything they're

saying about Zuluaga?

He's an extremely competent officer.

And brave.

- But isn't he a bit crazy?

- People around here talk too much.

Do you know him?

Have you spoken to him?

Many times.

We've covered many

miles together

and fought side by side.

He's very brave and


He's dependable

and law-abiding.

And now we're going

to his fort, right?

Is he there now?

I heard news that he was

in the big fort nearby.

But as soon as the invasion took place,

he rushed to be with his men.

He must be there by now.

He's a very experienced soldier.

In the desert, he can make himself invisible

and travel at the speed of sound.

And he's a very disciplined

military man.

You will like him.

Does he live alone?


Does he have a wife?


Or is he like you?

On the desert frontier,

one is alone.

Relationships and comforts

are debilitating.

As you well know,

it's a strange way of life,

to build up a place, a country,

a family.

But one must embrace an idea

and push ahead with it.

That's what sets us apart

from the coconut-heads.

They wander from place to place,

stealing and killing

like complete animals.

Why do you call them


That's not a tribe, a coconut...

We consider all of them


But it's not a proper name.

The name doesn't matter.

But if we don't know their name,

how can we understand them?

We don't need to understand them,

we have to exterminate them.

We have to kill them all.

I see...

Lieutenant Pittaluga,

I have a little problem

between my men

and your soldiers.

There's a lot of... hostility...

Could you talk to my

surveyors tomorrow?

Of course.

- Thank you.

- Of course.

You remember tomorrow there's the ball

being given by the Minister of War?

- It is quite an event.

- Yeah?

I'd like to invite your daughter.

My daughter?

Birrita could come

along as chaperone.

No, but she...

She's not a...

She's my daughter.

Captain Dinesen...

It would be an honour for me

to give you a horse as a gift

for your daughter.

In these parts,

the man who rides is king.

I could teach her to ride.

No, she already

knows how to ride.

All the better.

I'd like to invite you to the

ranch where I breed them.

- Thank you.

- I have some gorgeous horses.

I'll give it some thought.

I have a chestnut horse.

A real beauty.

Thank you.

But first we have

work to do, right?



You know Lieutenant Pittaluga,

don't you?

You know who I mean?

Yes, the man with

the short assistant.


Wherever he goes,

his assistant follows.

Or else the assistant leads the way.

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Lisandro Alonso

Lisandro Alonso (born 2 June 1975) is an Argentine film director and screenwriter. He has directed six feature-length films and a short film since 2001 and is loosely associated with the New Argentine Cinema movement. His film La libertad was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. His 2014 film Jauja competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. In addition, he was named Film Society of Lincoln Center 2014 Filmmaker in Residence on 24 June 2014. more…

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