• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom DiCillo
    In Theaters:
    Jul 14, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 11, 2003
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Living in Oblivion Reviews

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Bob S

Super Reviewer

March 31, 2007
Meta. I just wanted to say meta.
Ken S

Super Reviewer

June 15, 2007
A must see for ANYONE who has ever worked on a low budget indie.

Super Reviewer

November 19, 2007
Proof that Steve Buscemi needs to be a leading role in more movies. Gotta say, I wasn't taken in at first, but being too lazy to change the movie, it ended up being a pretty awesome film. Even from just directing movies for fun I understand how much it can drive you crazy and how nothing ever goes right.
Coxxie M

Super Reviewer

January 27, 2009
Catherine Keener is the hottest old rag in the world.

Super Reviewer

January 4, 2007
Witty satire of indie films and the movie making process starring Steve Buscemi. Clever rather than laugh out loud funny, and the film within a film (within a film?) format sometimes seems in danger of drowning in it's own post-modernism, but it's an interesting curiosity nonetheless.

Super Reviewer

August 11, 2011
Steve Buscemi is, without a doubt, my favorite actor. He is always so flawless and charismatic with his performances. It is such a treat to watch him act. In Living In Oblivion, he shines. The rest of the cast is great, too, but he really takes the cake.

Another character I liked was Wolf, played be Dermot Mulroney. He was so funny in his role. Every word out of his mouth made me laugh.

And Tom DiCillo is fantastic as well. This is the first film of his that I've watched and I look forward to watching more from him in the future. He is a very talented director and even more talented writer.

Overall, Living In Oblivion is a great film. Not in the Academy Award sense of the word, but in the sense that you will remember it for being enjoyable and funny. This is the kind of film that you don't expect to be great and go into it already reviewing; you sit back and "roll with it".
John B

Super Reviewer

November 7, 2010
One of the earliest films in which I encountered Catherine Kenner and Steve Buscemi. Great script writing and mayhem. Very few casts would have been able to pull this off effectively.
Stephen E

Super Reviewer

October 18, 2011
The film's director, Tom DiCillo, won the well-deserved Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance Festival in '95. And that's the best part about "Living in Oblivion". The writing is fantastic. It's wickedly funny and original. Each character is given a decent amount of depth and DiCillo manages to poke fun at just the right places.

Super Reviewer

August 24, 2007
What a nightmare it can be to make film!!!
Wu C

Super Reviewer

May 19, 2007
Wonderful indie film. Very funny. If you've ever worked on a movie set, this movie is for you.
August 17, 2012
Fun, spastic and independent at its core, this is an entertaining, yet all too realistic and uncomfortable look into the process of getting a film made. Between on-set disasters and crew members mouths running rampant, one should find as much head slapping situational humor that they could ask for in the simple pleaser from indie man Tom DeCillo. The entite cast fits like a comfortable shoe and its approach to the almost redundant process of getting that scene right is pure gold. Peter Dinklage in one of his earliest roles in a gem to watch.
March 15, 2012
How much more 'indie film' can you get than this? It's got a series of vignettes that play with your perceptions of the events, making the most of the stage-like setting, it's alternates between color and B&W in the artiest of ways, it's all very '90s, down the the cast featuring Buscemi, Keener, et al.

Well worth a look for indie cinema fans, there's a lot to be charmed by here.

Super Reviewer

April 19, 2010
Oh yeaaahhhhh forgot I watched this in film class.

Buscemi baby.


I just got involved in a minor car wreck today. My head is just a piece of scrap metal right now. Apologize, Bert.

No, Ernie.
December 27, 2009
Perceptive and very funny, wonderfully acted by everyone, especially Catherine Keener and Steve Buscemi. Clever screenplay, witty and the pace is excellent. Very entertaining.
January 19, 2009
At first, I wasn't really enjoying this movie, but then, I loved it. I'm not sure I've seen better acting than in this movie, and it was just a wild premise. I feel to truly enjoy this movie, you probably need to be in the "Biz" but it's still a fun watch.
April 8, 2008
A ridiculous and hilarious movie about film making which actually isn't too far away from the truth. Oh yeah, STEVE BUSCEMI!
June 25, 2007
The greatest film ever made about independent filmmaking. Any one who has ever tried to make a film will laugh all the way through this movie.
May 21, 2007
The Sundance film festival award winning comedy film depicts the process of making an independent/student film quite cleverly. Yet another "A movie about making a movie" sub-genre, written and directed by Tom DiCillo, I believe it his best film yet.

Sliced into three parts, the movie features the difficulties of film-making through the character's dreams. Yet, what is dream and what is real, you don't realize till they wake up.

Buscemi plays Nick Reve (Reve in french means Dream), the frustrated "trying to get it right" director, and you know by Murphy's Law that when he shouts "ACTION!" something will go wrong. It is amusing yet almost annoying as we get to be frustrated with Buscemi's character, and after that, it appears that it was just a dream.

The character of the arrogant actor Chad Palamino played by James LeGros, resembles Brat Pitt in appearance. It is said that Pitt was cast for this role, and since he was busy with another project, LeGros was chosen. Some say that Palamino's character might be Tom DiCillo's way of portraying Pitt's behavior on the set of his debut film "Johnny Suede" in 1991. Dicillo denies it.

The pearls of this film:

* The scene where Palamino shouts "The only reason I took this part was because someone said you were tight with Quentin Tarantino!", which is a role model for success in the indie film industry since Tarantino is the recent indie filmmaker that became a star director.

* The transition from monochrome to color and vice-versa as a difference between reality and film reality, a lovely gimmick.

* The 30 second "Room Tone" scene, where everybody is fantasizing about their life dream.

This film is a treat for filmmakers and in general a "fun" film. People who are not filmmakers will enjoy this film as well. The film is only 91 minutes and I wanted more.
February 13, 2007
Wonderfully bizarre little film about low-budget films. Worth it for Peter Dinklage's rant about dwarfs alone.
November 22, 2006
Un film de Steve Buscemi! Un film chockful of Steve Buscemi in color and black and white and as a romantic lead! An angry dwarf! A meddling mother who saves the day! And lots and lots of Steve Buscemi!
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