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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 in this compassionate documentary that highlights the often stark divide between rich and poor.


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  • 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.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • 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.

    Apr 17, 2009
  • Prolific filmmaker Heddy Honigmann, the champion of the little people, is back and in fine form.

    Apr 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Oblivion contains more than its share of indelible images and memorable characters.

    Apr 16, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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  • 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.

    Apr 15, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Apr 15, 2009 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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