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Jocelyn Moorhouse's feature-film debut is a jet-black comedy starring Hugo Weaving as Martin, a paranoid blind man, made so because he is convinced that his mother, when he was a child, lied to him about the sights she described to him. As an adult, Martin is reclusive and ill-tempered. Perversely, Martin is also a photographer -- he takes the pictures, has them developed, asks friends to describe the pictures to him, and then labels them in Braille to make sure no one is tricking him. His
Mar 20, 1991 Wide
Nov 2, 2004
Fine Line Features
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Jerry Jeff Walker
Frankie J. Holden
Bill the Dog
Robert James O'Neill
In this quietly compelling black comedy, Moorhouse employs artistic vision and camera craft to bring the hero's humming, hand-felt universe amazingly to light.
If there is a kind of movie I like better than any other, it is this kind, the close observation of particular lives, perhaps because it exploits so completely the cinema's potential for voyeurism.
There are adroit little truths everywhere, touching on blindness, cruelty, loneliness, deception and love. Writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse has a dynamic knack for psychological twists, and for suspense in the unlikeliest of places.
Moorhouse has written three full, rich characters who come vividly alive as acted by the excellent cast. Though the film is unabashedly unrealistic from the outset, it never for a moment feels contrived.
Moorhouse's debut examines how much our perception of 'the truth' is moulded by others and uses an intriguing and powerful premise to illustrate her point.
Spellbinding unconventional psychological drama about a blind man dealing with emotional security.
The performances (especially Weaving's) have a delicacy and a questing, intellectual drive absent from most movies.
Andy's actions suggest a complicated personality, but the half-assed backstory he feeds Martin does little to bring that persona into any sort of sharp relief.
Powerful and richly developed psychological drama about the leap of faith that is necessary to take if we are to have a full and vibrant life.
- Doctor: You've been blind since birth. So what were you doing driving a car?
- Martin: I forgot
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