Living in Oblivion
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Following up his debut, Johnny Suede, director Tom DiCillo presented this filmmaking comedy that allegedly draws much from DiCillo's experiences on the set of the 1991 Brad Pitt vehicle. Steve Buscemi stars as Nick Reve, the long-suffering director of a no-budget independent film. If he's not dealing with his heartbroken director of photography Wolf (Dermot Mulroney), Reve is trying to keep his leading lady Nicole (DiCillo mainstay Catherine Keener) happy or ignore the pseudo-auteur suggestions of Pitt-inspired name-actor Chad Palomino (James LeGros). All the while, the audience… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
""Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Sluggish, dumbly overpraised farce about an indie movie I would never see, but I still might pick over this one."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Offers a wacky behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of making a low-budget independent movie."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A treat."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A valentine to the independent film world, DiCillo's version of Truffaut's Night for Day offers a smart, amusing look at the perils of low-budget filmmaking; the ensemble acting is superb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Meaty and witty, the sort of product that rewards a closer examination even as it buggers intimacy."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The humor is uneven and the surrealism only partly effective, and the few attempts to make us take a personal interest in the characters fall flat; after all, they're only caricatures."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Really clever little comedy about low-budget filmmaking with Buscemi at his best."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Desperately funny."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
‑ Christopher Null,
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