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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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Proof
Nasty little gem of a film.
Highly improbable bit about a blind guy who takes pictures and then asks people to describe what's on the film so as a way to check on what really happened to him. Seems as if the poor bloke has trust issues and therein the major thrust of the piece: "who can you trust?" Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe endeavor mightily to add some meat to this speculative presentation but it is Geneviève Picot as the maid, who is outside of the question, who could give a fuck, who is really the only real person in this head scratcher, and the only one who manages to keep your attention. Watch it to see her.
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.
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