Living in Oblivion 1995

Living in Oblivion

Critics Consensus

Living in Oblivion dives into the folly of filmmaking with a sharp satire that sends up indie cinema while working as an entertaining independent picture in its own right.

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Independent film director Nick Reve (Steve Buscemi) is making his first feature. Everything that can go wrong does: the rebellious catering crew refuses to replace spoiled milk, his actors are flaky and getting an unspoiled take is nearly impossible. Tension between lead actress Nicole (Catherine Keener) and actor Chad (James LeGros), who have just slept together, contributes to the many problems on set. As money and time run out, Nick struggles to complete his film.

Cast & Crew

Catherine Keener
Nicole Springer
James LeGros
Chad Palomino
Kevin Corrigan
Assistant Camera
Hilary Gilford
Executive Producer
Jim Farmer
Original Music
Frank Prinzi
Cinematographer
Dana Congdon
Film Editor
Camilla Toniolo
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Critic Reviews for Living in Oblivion

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Audience Reviews for Living in Oblivion

  • May 20, 2016
    A documentary masquerading as fiction.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 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.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 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".
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 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.
    John B Super Reviewer

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