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Notes on Blindness traces one man's difficult journey and emerges with a reflection on the human condition that's as uplifting and edifying as it is simply moving.
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English writer and theologian John Hull, who went blind in the early 1980s and kept an audio diary of his experience, is the subject of this thought-provoking film, which takes an unusual if not always successful approach to the documentary form.
Achingly poignant and startlingly immediate
A deeply sensitive interpretation of the subject's reflective testament on disability.
Quite often, the filmmakers go for blurry scenery, surreal events and odd camera shots that feel more like gimmicks than an accurate representation of its subject's affliction.
The filmmakers create art out of what too often is a documentary stopgap.
The tone of the narration is so wrenchingly honest that the film never lapses into self-pity or relies on mystical platitudes.
It is not an odyssey about overcoming adversity, but rather the meticulous chronicle of the pulse that maintains an individual with the loss of his vision. [Full Review in Spanish]
A visual pleasure. [Full review in Spanish]
A worthwhile look at the emotional refuse of blindness; such as how memories can fade under the condition, as the ability to remember is only nurtured by continual sight.
Hull writes beautifully about his disability but he is refreshingly hard-headed about it too...This remarkable film is testament to that spirit.
Notes on Blindness requires a level of effort on the viewer to garner a full appreciation, but it is worth it.
Notes on Blindness traces a distinctive path, but it is hard to say whether an experimental film like this will attract audiences not already familiar with Hull's work.
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