Nineteen people with differing degrees of visual impairment - from mild nearsightedness to total blindness - discuss how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the ... See full summary »
Nineteen people with differing degrees of visual impairment - from mild nearsightedness to total blindness - discuss how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the world. Writer and Nobel laureate José Saramago, musician Hermeto Paschoal, filmmaker Wim Wenders, blind Franco-Slovenian photographer Evgen Bavcar, neurologist Oliver Sacks, actress Marieta Severo, blind city councilman Arnaldo Godoy, among others, make personal and surprising revelations about various aspects of vision - the physiological working of the eye; the use of glasses and what it means about personality; the meaning of seeing or not seeing in a world saturated by images; and, also, the importance of emotions in transforming reality if, that is, there is such a thing common to all. Unusual images, of burning trees or empty deserts, link the interviews, which vary from deep to funny to poetic. Written by
Walter Carvalho is the cinematographer of over 60 Brazilian movies, Central Station among them. João Jardim and Carvalho are both myopic which may explain their interest in blindness/sigh impairment. It's good to see Brazil bringing to the screen a more universal subject. The interviews show many different aspects of the matter through the eyes (or not) of people like Win Wenders, Oliver Sacks, José Saramago, João Ubaldo Ribeiro. José Saramago is the author of "Blindness", a book now turned movie. "Window of the soul" makes a reference to Leonardo da Vinci's quote "the eyes are the window of the soul, the mirror of the world". Beautiful and poetic movie.
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