Proof (1991)




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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 … More

Rating: R (N/A)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jocelyn Moorhouse
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On DVD: Nov 2, 2004
Fine Line Features



as Martin

as Martin's Mother

as Young Martin

as Young Martin

as Waitress

as Gary--the Punk

as Cemetery Caretaker

as Customer

as 2nd Policeman

as Chemist girl

as High-heeled Woman

as Kiosk girl

as Bill the Dog
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Critic Reviews for Proof

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A touching, well acted melodrama

Full Review… | May 1, 2011

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.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Proof

Nasty little gem of a film.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


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.

Sajin P A

Super Reviewer


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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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