Nostalgia for the Light
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For his new film master director Patricio Guzmán, famed for his political documentaries (THE BATTLE OF CHILE, THE PINOCHET CASE), travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A truly eye-opening experience."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The filmmaker's masterpiece, an exquisitely filmed, poetically written meditation on how past and present fuse in humanity's most unresolved questions."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Moving and poetic, with beautiful composition and strong direction, Nostalgia For The Light has an authentic sense of gravitas."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"This is a film to be seen, re-seen and pondered."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This is one of the films of the year."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A nearly unbearable examination of good and bad in the human heart."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"A film of rare visual poetry that's simultaneously personal, political and philosophical, it's a genuine art film that's also unpretentious and easygoing."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The vast expanse of the world's driest place - captured here in all its arid intensity - makes for a fascinating and eerie backdrop."
‑ Martin Roberts, Fan The Fire
"A seriously remarkable documentary-essay from the Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"You wait all year for a thought-provoking movie-essay on life, art, science or history. Then in Nostalgia for the Light all four arrive together."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Guzmán offers a poetic narrative that celebrates the searches and insists on the moral obligation to remember Chile's not-too-distant past."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
""I am convinced that memory has gravitational force," says Guzmán in conclusion. "Nostalgia" states his case so beautifully that even skeptical physicists will be thoroughly convinced."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Patricio Guzman returns to the subject of his masterpiece."
‑ Tony McKibbin, The List
"A remarkably lyrical, strikingly beautiful documentary reflecting on memory, mortality and the inexorable passing of time."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Sticking in the mind, Nostalgia for the Light leaves much food for thought on life's important questions."
‑ Carmen Gray, Little White Lies
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