Oblivion (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 15, 2009
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Noel Murray
AV Club

Oblivion contains more than its share of indelible images and memorable characters.

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Kam Williams

Slumming, South American-style!

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An honest, captivating, quietly poignant and illuminating documentary.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Prolific filmmaker Heddy Honigmann, the champion of the little people, is back and in fine form.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

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.

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Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

Poetic in its structure and humane in its storytelling, Oblivion is poignant, filled with interviews that effortlessly speak volumes.

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