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Oblivion Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
April 21, 2009
Slumming, South American-style!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 17, 2009
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 17, 2009
Prolific filmmaker Heddy Honigmann, the champion of the little people, is back and in fine form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 16, 2009
Oblivion contains more than its share of indelible images and memorable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 15, 2009
An honest, captivating, quietly poignant and illuminating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.75/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 15, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
April 15, 2009
Poetic in its structure and humane in its storytelling, Oblivion is poignant, filled with interviews that effortlessly speak volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 15, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 14, 2009
The result is a tender, poetically aimless movie by someone who no longer dwells among these stoic people, but feels like she might be the only one who remembers them.
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
April 14, 2009
a tone poem of emptiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
April 14, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 14, 2009
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.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
April 10, 2009
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.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
March 24, 2009
Oblivion maintains its focus on Peru but its examination of corruption renders its insights universal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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