Nostalgia for the Light
Sometimes great art can be simultaneously both beautiful and deeply disturbing. That is the case with our next Rialto Recommends, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's 2010 masterpiece NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT. In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime. NPR's Fresh Air raved "An exquisitely shot essay on ultimate things - time, space, memory and how creatures so small and frail as human beings find meaning in a gigantic cosmos." While the Washington Post proclaimed NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT "The filmmaker's masterpiece, an exquisitely filmed, poetically written meditation on how past and present fuse in humanity's most unresolved questions." We also like this quote from the Financial Times "You wait all year for a thought-provoking movie-essay on life, art, science or history. Then in NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT all four arrive together." NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is streaming on Hoopla and OVID or available to rent for a modest fee from Apple and Amazon. NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT has been included in later editions of Steven Schneider's "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die."