Blind (Review)



Written and directed by Eskil Vogt.

Ingrid is slowly coming to terms with having recently lost her sight. She’s accepted the affliction, but it seems her difficulty is in accepting her new self. Locking herself away in the new apartment where she lives with her husband, Ingrid fills her days drinking tea by the open window and working on her book.

At first glance, you’ll see a very light-hearted look at a life most of us could only try to imagine. But before long, you’ll start to question your own perceptions and attentiveness. Don’t worry! Yes, someone’s gender did just change. And no, they weren’t always having that conversation on a bus (this is vague and peculiar, but it’ll make sense when you see it.)

For a light-hearted approach, Blind does not pull it’s punches when it comes to assaulting the senses. Every sound you assume to be crucial, every scene becomes a challenge to see what’s changed, to determine what is real and what is imagined. At most times, you won’t know if you’re seeing Ingrid’s world as it really is, or if you’re seeing it as she perceives it to be.

Even characters start to become difficult to tell apart. Who is being referenced here? Where is this supposed to be? Why is he with her? What did they mean by that? How does he know him? When did she get there?

Fear not, my friend, for all your questions will be answered! And you will not be disappointed.

Blind is, without a shadow of a doubt, a must-see (no, the irony has not escaped me,) modern cinema classic. A great cast who handle their characters with expert care, a wonderful story, some subtle yet beautiful cinematography, meticulous art direction and set design and some smart editing, all lead by the adventurous Eskil Vogt.

If you liked 2006’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’ or more recently, 2012’s ‘Ruby Sparks,’ then I think ‘Blind’ should absolutely be on your list.

Oh, and a friendly warning… There’s one or two pornographic montages…

‘Blind’ is showing on Sat 21st Feb (13.30) at The GFT.