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Heddy Honigmann (The Underground Orchestra) examines the lives of everyday people in the Peruvian capital of Lima, set against the country's turbulent history. Street performers, bartenders, and waitresses are among those she profiles in this compassionate documentary that highlights the often stark divide between rich and poor.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Oblivion (El Olvido) throws its net across a considerable range of human behavior and bittersweet survival stories, and the result is a wise and beautiful documentary from Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Oblivion contains more than its share of indelible images and memorable characters."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Slumming, South American-style!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"a tone poem of emptiness."
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Like all of Heddy Honigmann's films, Oblivion, set in her native Lima, Peru, obliterates any previously held notions we might have had about the subjects she confronts, which, in this case, are intentional forgetfulness and the forgotten of Lima."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"The point of Oblivion is to rescue some sense of the beauty and individuality of people who live in a place most of us only hear about when it suffers an earthquake or a military coup."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Oblivion is a movie so suffused with feeling for its human subjects that when a man starts weeping, you don't feel dirty about watching his tears fall."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"An honest, captivating, quietly poignant and illuminating documentary."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Asserts that, under a tragicomic two centuries of home misrule, the most devalued citizens of Lima have failed to be consigned to the limbo ("el olvido") the oligarchy has constructed for them."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Oblivion maintains its focus on Peru but its examination of corruption renders its insights universal."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Prolific filmmaker Heddy Honigmann, the champion of the little people, is back and in fine form."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"This astonishing documentary takes a contemplative look at Peru's recent political history via members of the service and street classes who reside in the capital city of Lima."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Poetic in its structure and humane in its storytelling, Oblivion is poignant, filled with interviews that effortlessly speak volumes."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Unstinting but lyrical documentary on the costs of poverty in Peru, especially on the children who scramble for coins on the streets of Lima as they ply their trades as gymnasts, jugglers, musicians and shoeshine boys."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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