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Blindness (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  3 October 2008 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Driver #1
Eduardo Semerjian ...
Concerned Pedestrian #1
Ciça Meirelles ...
Driver #2
Antônio Fragoso ...
Concerned Pedestrian #2
Lilian Blanc ...
Concerned Pedestrian #3
Onlooker #1
Daniel Zettel ...
Onlooker #2
Yoshino Kimura ...
Taxi Driver
Susan Coyne ...
Fabiana Gugli ...
Mother of the 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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Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ceguera  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,073,392 (USA) (10 October 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To prepare for the film, the actors, extras and crew participated in "blind camps." They were blindfolded, taken in a car to an unknown location, and left in the middle of the street. However, there were always somebody there to guide them. Despite this, the director claimed that someone would always breakdown. See more »


When the first blind man arrives home, he says he lives on the 14th floor. After his wife arrives you can see some trees through the kitchen window. Those trees should not be there. See more »


[first lines]
First Blind Man: I'm blind.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.30 (2009) See more »


The Hexagrams
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Performed by Marco Antônio Guimarães (as Uakti)
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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.


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