Battelle Film Club brings in Chilean documentary on Pinochet

atomictown.comOctober 4, 2012 

This week's Battelle Film Club offering is the recent award-winning documentary from Chile titled Nostalgia for the Light.

The Chilean desert is home to several observatories. Scientists looking into the heavens for clues to the origins of the universe are actually looking at events that already have taken place.

The desert also was home to a notorious prison where dictator Augusto Pinochet tortured and killed opponents. Thousands died, and their survivors scour the desert looking for bones and bodies that have been very well hidden. Those deaths, too, already have happened.

The premise is intriguing and compelling. Concepts of time, memory and definitions of past and present slowly wind through a very interesting movie.

Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars

Not rated. Probably PG-13 for mature themes. It plays Friday, Oct. 5 only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8 p.m.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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