Janela da Alma (2004)
Brazilian filmmakers Joao Jardim and Walter Carvalho ponder the old adage "the eyes are the windows to the soul" as they explore vision and perception in their 2002 documentary A Janela Da Alma (Window of the Soul). Beginning with an interview with Brazilian jazz musician Hermeto Pascoal, Carvalho and Jardim attempt to make sense of how the musician perceives his world with a pair of impaired eyes that appear to simultaneously look in different directions. From there, the Brazilian co-directors interview a number of famous subjects with varying degrees of ocular health, ranging from the non-vision impaired director Wim Wenders to blind photographer Evgen Bavcar, while both the filmmakers and the interview subjects ponder how their lives and existences would be different had their abilities or inabilities to see the world around them been different. Released in Brazil in the summer of 2002 to mixed reviews, A Janela Da Alma was screened at a number of film festivals around the world in late 2002 into early 2003. ~ Ryan Shriver, Rovi … More
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A interresting view of the perception about "windows to the soul". Great direction of Joao Jardim and Walter Carvalho. Fresh.More
José Saramago, Hermeto Pascoal, Wim Wenders, Evgen Bavcar, Agnès Varda, Marjut Rimminen, which work I want to know/explore, and others give their point of view over the vision in this interesting documentary. Rather interesting, but I still miss something.
* A non-real character that could be in Janela da Alma and whom I got fascinated by is Julie Delpy´s character in Two Days in Paris, a photographer that has "small holes on the retina which condemn her to see only one part of the image". The way she shows us her vision problem is fantastic and you can, somehow, feel yourself into it.
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