Living in Oblivion (1995)



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This quirky yet scathing comedy presents one hellish day in the life of an independent filmmaker. All small-time director Nick Reve wants is to realize his artistic vision within the confines of an extremely low budget. Unfortunately he keeps encountering a maddening number of obstacles, both real and imagined.
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Steve Buscemi
as Nick Reve
James LeGros
as Chad Palomino
Tom Jarmusch
as Driver
Kevin Corrigan
as Assistant Camera
Michael Griffiths
as Sound Mixer
Ryan Bowker
as Food Service/Clapper
Francesca DiMauro
as Food Service Supervisor
Lori Tan Chinn
as Costume Designer
Norman Field
as Hair/Make-up Artist
Lori Tan Chin
as Costume Designer
Laurel Thornby
as Nicole's Mother
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A treat.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

The segment in which Nick (Steve Buscemi) attempts to film a dream sequence (not unlike the famous one from TV's Twin Peaks) featuring a dwarf named Tito (Peter Dinklage) is worth the rental/purchase price alone.

Full Review… | November 28, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Living in Oblivion


A documentary masquerading as fiction.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

A must see for ANYONE who has ever worked on a low budget indie.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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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.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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