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Proof (1991)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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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

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Nov 2, 2004

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A touching, well acted melodrama

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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.

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Spellbinding unconventional psychological drama about a blind man dealing with emotional security.

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The performances (especially Weaving's) have a delicacy and a questing, intellectual drive absent from most movies.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Proof is a complex relationship film, with perceptive views on faith and with trust, played out in equal parts of irreverent comedy and touching poignancy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The hook is charming and better yet, the movie follows through.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Proof

Nasty little gem of a film.
June 4, 2007
brooklynspo

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A beautiful, under-seen gem that features a regular outstanding performance from Russell Crowe, as well as one of Hugo Weaving's (perhaps the most under-appreciated actor of the last few decades or so) best turns. This is a pure character study film, focusing in on a cynical blind man (Weaving) who befriends a local restaurant worker (Crowe), and lets him in on his secret of taking pictures of everything he comes across and having that person give him a vivid picture of what it is he's captured. While it starts a little slow and takes some time to get into, this film shines brighter than I originally anticipated thanks to three terrific, fully fleshed out characters (the other being Geneviove Picot) who are consistently interesting and entirely unpredictable - which makes the film so hypnotizing. Weaving shines brightest amongst all, inhabiting a figure whose past is just utterly heartbreaking, and who doesn't hand out his trust very easily. The end of the film could have easily went against everything that made it so special, but instead it plays its cards rights and ends ideally.
October 19, 2010
Dan Schultz

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A bizarre but superb drama on the emotional games three people play, wittily and pereceptively captured by novice writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse and acted with total conviction and sympathy.
March 29, 2009
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    1. Doctor: You've been blind since birth. So what were you doing driving a car?
    2. Martin: I forgot
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