Contemporary World Cinema
SIFF Says:This inventive debut feature from director Eskil Vogt (co-writer of Reprise, SIFF 2007) suggests that one does not need eyes to be a keen observer of human behavior. Blind centers on Ingrid, a 30-something former schoolteacher who has recently gone blind and is still coping uneasily with her new world of darkness. Now fearful of the outside world, she spends her days concealed within her Oslo apartment and conversing only with Morten, her architect husband. At first, we see Ingrid trying to navigate her truncated environment via her other four senses; even the simplest of tasks, such as making a cup of tea, have become an ordeal. Later, we are introduced to other characters, described through Ingrid’s voiceover, including Elin, a single mother who becomes the object of obsession for Einar, a shy, porn-addicted neighbor. Soon, Morten becomes involved in the love-triangle story, blurring the line further between fantasy and reality. Ingrid begins altering the narrative, playfully following bizarre pop-culture tangents—from obscure films to the career of Leonard Nimoy—and casting doubt about whether any of these people exist at all. Blind, is a wry, provocative meta-meditation on creativity and the malleability of perception.
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