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Release Date:
April 1987 (USA) See more »
A woman who injured her eyes in car accident and a young blind man fall for each other. Is sight the only way to see the world? | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Isabelle Huppert ... Colo
Robert Menzies ... Robert
Norman Kaye ... Tom
Monica Maughan ... Bea
Banula Marika ... Banduk
Sheila Florance ... Martha
Peter Aanensen ... George

Julia Blake ... Club Speaker
Jean-Pierre Mignon ... Jean-Francois
Ray Marshall ... Kevin
Maurie Fields ... Maurie
Sean Scully ... Doctor
Dawn Klingberg ... Pedestrian
Kyra Cox ... Sister
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ... Father

Directed by
Paul Cox 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Cox  written by
Bob Ellis  written by
Norman Kaye  written by
Morris Lurie  additional dialogue

Produced by
Jane Ballantyne .... producer
Paul Cox .... producer
Tony Llewellyn-Jones .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Yuri Sokol 
Film Editing by
Tim Lewis 
Production Design by
Asher Bilu 
Art Direction by
Lirit Bilu 
Costume Design by
Aphrodite Kondos 
Production Management
Milanka Comfort .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virginia Rouse .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Tim Chau .... sound effects editor
Ken Hammond .... sound recordist
Frank Lipson .... sound effects editor
Graham McKinney .... boom operator
Sarah-Jane Van Gyen .... sound assistant
Yvonne Van Gyen .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ammitzboll .... key grip
Brendan Lavelle .... assistant camera
Nino Gaetano Martinetti .... camera operator
Virginia Rouse .... still photographer
Other crew
Joanne McLennan .... continuity
Santhana K. Naidu .... production accountant

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93 min
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Remarkable, 9 January 2005
Author: howie73

Paul Cox triumphed again with this unsentimental yet heartfelt story of blindness. What is most remarkable about the film is its refusal to sentimentalize the effect of blindness on its protagonist. A typical Hollywood treatment of the subject probably would have been too sentimental and melodramatic. Here, Cox evokes subtlety and nuance to display a myriad of emotions. It's very much a human film with a true sense of cinema. The breathtakingly static panoramic opening is the most cinematic you will ever witness, demanding the viewer's participation in equating film with art. Huppert gives her usual quality performance, aided by the familiar Australian cast Cox so often uses for his films.

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