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Blindness (2008)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  3 October 2008 (USA)
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Yûsuke Iseya ...
Jason Bermingham ...
Driver #1
Eduardo Semerjian ...
Concerned Pedestrian #1
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Thief
Ciça Meirelles ...
Driver #2
Antônio Fragoso ...
Concerned Pedestrian #2
Lilian Blanc ...
Concerned Pedestrian #3
Douglas Silva ...
Onlooker #1
Daniel Zettel ...
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Taxi Driver
Susan Coyne ...
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Fabiana Gugli ...
Mother of the Boy
Mitchell Nye ...
Boy
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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Written by Festival de Cannes' Editor

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Rated R for violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,950,260 (USA) (3 October 2008)

Gross:

$3,073,392 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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In a banquet address and press release in September 2008 Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said the organization "condemns and deplores" the movie and the novel it is based upon. He states that the book uses blindness as a "metaphor for all that is bad in human thought and action" while the characters' reactions their blindness are "one-dimensional", while he wrote that in the movie "blind people in this film are portrayed as incompetent, filthy, vicious, and depraved." Protests against the movie have been organized by the group. See more »

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When the Doctor's wife is boiling water, there should not be any sound, because the kettle does not have a whistle cap on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Blind Man: I'm blind.
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Sambolero
Written by Luiz Bonfá
Bonfá Music
Performed by Luiz Bonfá
From the recording entitled "Solo in Rio" SF 40483, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (c) 2005,
Used by permission
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Opens your eyes for something you don't want to see
15 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

The movie has its merits. It brings you into the story, making you feel all the emotions felt by the characters, and in my opinion this is why some people didn't like it; it opens your eyes for things that nobody wants to see. I'm not saying that a disease like this one could happen, but others may come, and that's a reality.

The movie makes you feel extremely uncomfortable; I caught myself thinking about leaving the room sometimes. The atmosphere that Fernando Meireles built is so heavy and dark (even thought the whole movie is full of bright colors) that it makes you feel something like depression, sadness, and you keep thinking in the movie after it has finished. The acting helped a lot in this aspect; all the actors did their best to give a perfect sense of reality.

If you want just to spend some time watching a good apocalyptic movie, this is not the one. It may be considered as "cult" in someway, by the fact that you don't watch it to get entertained, but to reflect about it.

If I had to grade this movie based on how I felt during it, I would give it a 0, but I have to say that, above everything, it is a great movie.

8/10


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