• Living in Oblivion (1995)

Living in Oblivion

Release Date: July 14th, 1995

DVD Release Date: February 11th, 2003

R |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Independent film director Nick Reve (Steve Buscemi) is making his first feature. Everything that can go wrong does: the rebellious catering crew refuses to replace spoiled milk, his actors are flaky and getting an unspoiled take is nearly impossible. Tension between lead actress Nicole (Catherine Keener) and actor Chad (James LeGros), who have just slept together, contributes to the many problems on set. As money and time run out, Nick struggles to complete his film.

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck, James LeGros, Rica Martens, Peter Dinklage, Robert Wightman

Director: Tom DiCillo

Genres: Comedy

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics, Columbia Tristar

Keywords: New York City , 1990s , Quest , Underdog , Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    This movie is keen, clever, and -- most important of all -- a nonstop exercise in hilarity. show more

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Structured in three beautifully paced, keenly observed acts, Living in Oblivion is that rare picture that leaves you gasping in disappointment at the end - gasping, that is, because it's over and you don't want it to be. [04 Aug 1995, p.05]

  • 88
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Living in Oblivion is a rarity, a dark comedy that takes place almost entirely on a film set. Written and directed by Tom DiCillo, this is a very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence. show more

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