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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 housekeeper, Celia (Genevieve Picot), is also a photographer. Obsessed with Martin, she papers the walls of her home with pictures of him. But this obsession doesn't carry through to their relationship, which is a far from cordial one -- Celia torments Martin and Martin humiliates her. One day at a restaurant, after a nasty confrontation with a waitress who ignores him, Martin makes friends with the dishwasher, Andy (Russell Crowe). Martin invites him home to describe his photographs to him. Back at Martin's home, Andy meets Celia and he immediately falls in love with her. Jealous of Andy, Celia seduces him in an effort to discredit Andy with Martin and drive Martin into her arms. … More
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Critic Reviews for Proof
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Proof
A well-scripted movie - one of many that I regret not to have watched before. "Proof" is the story of a blind man, but his worse handicap being his inability to trust anyone. When asked by his mother, why she would lie to him, he simply replies - "Because you can". It's fascinating how a simple few words can carry with it so much depth - and not just in the context of the movie; but in showing the kind of emotional insecurity an unsighted person has to live with everyday.More
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.More
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.More
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