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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindess. Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created society of the blind quickly breaks down.


Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 210453502
UPC 786936775129
UPC 14 00786936775129
Format DVD
Release Date 9/11/2009
Rating Rating
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cannes Film Festival (2008) Fernando Meirelles, Nominee, Golden Palm Award
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It has been said that one of the greatest fears expressed by human beings is to be suddenly struck blind - plunged into a blankness into which sound but no light can penetrate. Imagine this happening not to one person but to an entire population...The degree to which society would crumble and fall into oblivion is a matter of individual interpretation, but this is the underlying premise of director Fernando Meirelles' Blindness, a dark, intellectually challenging adaptation of the novel by Jose Saramago. A meditation on isolation and primal urges, Blindness could loosely be classified as a post-apocalyptic story, but the "event" that occurs in this scenario isn't something as prosaic as a nuclear holocaust or a lethal plague...Blindness makes no attempt to explain the cause of the disease or why one person is immune. Those things are irrelevant and represent establishing circumstances that have to be accepted for the story to work. The movie is about exploring how humanity might respond in a situation like this, and the response that is shown can be extrapolated to other situations. Blindness is about human nature, and shows both the positives and the negatives inherent in it. With its loose narrative structure and limited character development (we learn nothing about the pasts of any of the half-dozen significant individuals populating this picture), Blindness has the potential to confound and frustrate some viewers. On the other hand, there are those who, like me, will see this as an absorbing (if admittedly flawed) thought-piece. It engaged me throughout and I found the ending to be surprisingly hopeful.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Blindness" is one of the most unpleasant, not to say unendurable, films I've ever seen. It is an allegory about a group of people who survive under great stress, but frankly I would rather have seen them perish than sit through the final three-quarters of the film. Not only is it despairing and sickening, it's ugly. Denatured, sometimes overexposed, sometimes too shadowy to see, it is an experiment to determine how much you can fool with a print before ending up with mud, intercut with brightly lit milk...In an unspecified city (Toronto, mostly), an unspecified cause spreads blindness through the population. First a driver goes blind at a traffic light. Then his eye doctor goes blind. And so on, until just about the entire population is blind, except for the doctor's wife...Is she a symbol of a person with sight leading the blind against the evildoers? Ouch, I stumbled! Who put that there? Maybe that's what she is. In a film that doesn't even try to explain the blindness (not that it could), there's room for nothing but symbols and metaphors and the well-diversified group we identify with...And the noise. Lordy! This is a soundtrack so aggressive I was cringing in my seat. No merciful slumber during this film. Metal clangs, glass shatters, bullets are fired, people scream, and the volume of these sounds seems cranked up, compared with the surrounding dialogue, like they do with TV commercials. My eyes, ears and patience were assaulted...What a pedigree this film has. Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Based on the 1995 novel by Portugal's Jose Saramago, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for literature. I learn he long resisted offers to make his book into a movie. Not long enough.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
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Empire ...gripping...disturbing...powerful.
Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle ...a rattling, heartrending performance (Moore) in, yes, a long, hard slough of a film -- one that is well worth the journey, if not a repeat trip.
Neely Tucker, The Washington Post An arresting, often riveting film that is fascinating to look at...
Stan Hall, Portland Oregonian Visually nervy, beautifully acted, intense and philosophically compelling...
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe A perversely enjoyable, occasionally harrowing adaptation of Jose Saramago's 1995 disaster allegory.

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