Nostalgia for the Light
Nostalgia for the Light (2011)

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… More

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Release Date: September 13, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A truly eye-opening experience.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The filmmaker's masterpiece, an exquisitely filmed, poetically written meditation on how past and present fuse in humanity's most unresolved questions.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Moving and poetic, with beautiful composition and strong direction, Nostalgia For The Light has an authentic sense of gravitas.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

A nearly unbearable examination of good and bad in the human heart.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

The vast expanse of the world's driest place - captured here in all its arid intensity - makes for a fascinating and eerie backdrop.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Guzmán offers a poetic narrative that celebrates the searches and insists on the moral obligation to remember Chile's not-too-distant past.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

"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.

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Tony McKibbin
The List

Patricio Guzman returns to the subject of his masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Nostalgia for the Light is a speculative and dream-like documentary mixing archaeology and astrology but explaining that they are one and the same. Patricio… More
Hassan Vawda
This is a documentary embraced and draped in total respect, beauty and profound contemplation. It is an essay, a cinematic spectacle, a tribute to the dead, a… More
Walter M.
"Nostalgia for the Light" is an impressive and powerful cine-essay from Patricio Guzman that is marred only by some unnecessary effects work,… More
Bill Cavros
The movie is built around a metaphor about history/time. The astronomy half is aesthetically appealing. The second half is languid interviews with 5 women who… More
Mark Abell
Beautiful cinematography and incredible views of the universe, but this film lacked focus and tried maybe a little too hard to draw parallels between astronomy,… More

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