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20 Ratings

Oblivion Verses

Los Versos del Olvido

Directed by Alireza Khatami
France, Germany, 2017


A story of missing detainees with Amparo Noguera and Julio Jung which originally happened far from Santiago.

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Oblivion Verses Directed by Alireza Khatami
As with so much in this beautiful and strange first film from Iranian director Alireza Khatami, there are multiple explanations for each moment of dreamlike symbolism, and the peculiar and lovely thing is that almost all of them are equally satisfying.
July 19, 2018
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A hearty, fresh-feeling piece of muted and moody magic realism reminiscent of half-forgotten 1970s/’80s nonconformists like Antonio Skármeta or Mansour Madavi, and set more by accident than design somewhere in the Spanish-speaking Americas.
March 12, 2018
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It seems Khatami originally wanted to make the film in Iran but couldn’t get permission, so the Chilean setting was a second choice. This knowledge perhaps opens Oblivion Verses to unfair scrutiny, but I think it explains its formal inconsistencies. Khatami’s resuscitation effort is indeed admirable, but noble intentions do not necessarily equal enlightenment.
September 10, 2017
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