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Certificate
12A
Cast
Gaspar Galaz
Lautaro Núñez
Violeta Berrios
Vicky Saavedra.
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Nostalgia For The Light
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Plot
At 10,000ft above sea-level, the vast Atacama Desert offers astronomers a perfect vantage point from which to study the universe. Nearby, however, lie painful reminders of the horrors of Chile's Pinochet regime; from the remains of a 19th century slave mining camp to bone fragments of Pinochet's victims. Director and writer Patricio Guzmán beautifully and poignantly entwines these two themes, offering his audience a meditation on history, knowledge and mortality.


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Nostalgia For The Light
Inspired by the notion that the time light takes to travel means that everything happens in the past, Chilean documentarist Patricio Guzmán travels to the Atacama Desert to expose the legacy of the crimes committed by the Pinochet regime. Among the astronomers and archaeologists searching for truth in the arid landscape, Guzmán encounters Violeta Berrios and Vicky Saavedra, who search for fragments left behind by those murdered at the Chacabuco concentration camp. Images of the dictatorship’s detailed records of torture will leave an indelible impression.


Verdict
A truly insightful art film that still manages to be easy-going and unpretentious.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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