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Nostalgia for the Light(Nostalgia de la luz)

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France, Germany, Chile · 2010
1h 30m
Director Patricio Guzmán
Starring Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel
Genre Documentary

We explore the skies above Chile's Atacama Desert with astronomers who study the stars and search for the origin of life. Meanwhile, on the ground, women work to reclaim their family histories, searching for the remains of their loved ones that had been dumped in the desert.

Stream Nostalgia for the Light

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Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

A film of rare visual poetry that's simultaneously personal, political and philosophical, it's a genuine art film that's also unpretentious and easygoing.


Boston Globe by Mark Feeney

What starts out as a beautifully depopulated filmic exercise - it's 14 minutes into the movie before Guzman introduces any people - becomes toward the end a nearly unbearable examination of good and bad in the human heart.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is deeply intelligent, intensely and painfully political, and yet attempts, and succeeds, somehow to transcend politics and perhaps even history itself.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

The film's passionate insistence on remembrance lends it a moral as well as a metaphysical weight. Mr. Guzmán's belief in eternal memory is an astounding leap of faith.

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