Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia for the Light (Trailer) 

Nostalgia for the Light is that rare hybrid, the documentary art film. It's very difficult to summarize what this film is about, other than to say it is about a specific location: the Atacama Desert in Chile, which is two miles high and so dry that it is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Although part of the film is about astronomy, it is also about the history of the location, which includes the fact that it was a mass grave for Pinochet. 

This is an incredibly beautiful film. Gorgeous cinematography. But it is also extremely slowly paced, and certainly not what most Americans expect from a film, eve a documentary. There is almost no plot or action. There are interviews with people associated with the place, but most of them do not really build towards anything. It is however an excellent film, and I highly recommend it. 
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