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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD 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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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

Often stark and ravishing, Nostalgia for the Light is most moving as a manifestation of the filmmaker's stubborn righteousness.

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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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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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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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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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Carlos Magalhăes
A beautiful, contemplative and deeply poetic exploration of the past in which Guzmán draws an intelligent parallel between our search for the origins of the… More
Jesse Ortega
This movie does a great job of connecting what astronomers and archaeologists do in searching for answers by looking to the past, whether it be the past of the… 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
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
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
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