Notes on Blindness

2016

Notes on Blindness

Critics Consensus

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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Average Rating: 3.7/5

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In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audiocassette. Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, NOTES ON BLINDNESS takes a creative approach to the documentary form. Actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, embedding John's original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, documenting John's extraordinary journey into "a world beyond sight."

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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.

Jan 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Achingly poignant and startlingly immediate

Dec 1, 2016 | Full Review…

A deeply sensitive interpretation of the subject's reflective testament on disability.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 16, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The filmmakers create art out of what too often is a documentary stopgap.

Nov 16, 2016 | Full Review…

The tone of the narration is so wrenchingly honest that the film never lapses into self-pity or relies on mystical platitudes.

Nov 15, 2016 | Full Review…

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