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Nostalgia for the Light; The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists!; The Turin Horse; American Pie: Reunion; Goodbye First Love; Safe

Rooted in the earth of Chile's Atacama desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, Patricio Guzmán's spine-tinglingly profound docu-poem Nostalgia for the Light (2010, New Wave, 12) explores the dizzyingly diverse efforts of those sifting the sands of the present in search of the past. For astronomers looking out into the ethereal clarity of the sky, Atacama is a haven where the very boundaries of our universe become darkness visible, revealing the origins of our world. For the wives and relatives of "the disappeared", those murdered and buried under Pinochet's brutal regime, the fragmentary traces of their loved ones are lost within that same shifting desert, crying out to be found like distant voices, still lives, calling from the edge of the galaxy.

Elegantly, astutely, elegiacally, Guzmán pulls these threads (and others) together, »

- Mark Kermode

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