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OBLIVION (EL OLVIDO)
"A multilayered cinematic cocktail which reveals a poetical and Chaplinesque vision of the resilience of humanity" -FIPRESCI
½ "A wise and beautiful documentary from Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann. She captures, effortlessly, Lima and its people in a way that relates to politics, sociology, suffering and dignity" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Oblivion is never elegiac, but it is remains hopeful observing sustained terrible circumstances" -NewCity Chicago
"Astonishing... Honigmann's tapestry-in-motion gives a complicated voice to the oppressed while cherishing the importance of even the tiniest action" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! "Honigmann finds such beauty in the people and their work that she generates an irrational sense of hope and connection" -Chicago Reader
Oblivion is a film about waiters and bartenders in old Lima restaurants who are fighting a silent struggle against the decline of their lives and of their country. This latest documentary from Heddy Honigmann (Forever, Metal and Melancholy) focuses on Peru's capital city of Lima, revealing its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, violence, denial of workers' rights, and corruption. All are survivors who tell us what they did to survive the gigantic inflation, the fall of the middle class, the violence of Shining Path and that of the army in Peru. Sharp, tender, painful and funny stories are woven together in a documentary about pride and self respect, glory long gone, love, art and politics about a society, crumbling in a world which is out of control. "In Oblivion, a bird flies over this forgotten city and stops here and there; it flies again and finally becomes a crystal ball that a young man keeps in." (Heddy Honigmann) Directed by Heddy Honigmann, The Netherlands/France, Germany, 2008, 35mm, 93 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.