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Proof (1991)

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The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.

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Jocelyn Moorhouse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Weaving ... Martin
Geneviève Picot ... Celia (as Genevieve Picot)
Russell Crowe ... Andy
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ... Mother
Jeffrey Walker ... Young Martin
Daniel Pollock ... Punk
Frankie J. Holden ... Brian
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ... Vet
Saskia Post ... Waitress
Belinda Davey Belinda Davey ... Doctor
Cliff Ellen Cliff Ellen ... Cemetery Caretaker
Tania Uren Tania Uren ... Customer
Robert James O'Neill Robert James O'Neill ... Hoon
Anthony Rawling Anthony Rawling ... Hoon
Darko Tuscan Darko Tuscan ... Hoon
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Storyline

Black comedy about a blind man, Martin, who takes photographs as "proof" that the world really is as others describe it to him. The film explores his antagonistic relationships with Celia, who cleans and cooks for him and habitually rearranges the furniture in the house, and with Andy, a mate he thinks he can trust. Written by Anonymous

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Photographs don't lie, people do. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La prueba See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$524,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$524,668
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Russell Crowe and Daniel Pollack also worked together in Romper Stomper, 2 years later. See more »

Goofs

The first time Martin enters his house, he gets surprised by Celia sitting and making a noise. However, since she is smoking, he could have smelled the smoke as soon as he had opened the door. Later in the movie, he is suggested to have a pretty sensitive nose for a perfume a lady is wearing in the veterinarian's office. See more »

Quotes

Martin: Why don't you tell me where we are?
Celia: It's a surprise. You'll love it. You'll wish you'd brought your camera with you. Then you could have taken a photograph and shown it to your little friend - the one who describes things to you.
Martin: You leave Andy out of this!
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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
(1809) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
First Movement played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Nicholas Braithwaite
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People can fool you
7 March 2001 | by DeeNine-2See all my reviews

If you're blind people can fool you. They can lie to you. And if you're a photographer and you are blind, who will believe you? You need proof, and this is what Martin (Hugo Weaving) seeks. He is a man who projects onto others the lovelessness of his own soul. He believed as a child that his mother died to get away from the shame of having a son who was blind. Even as an adult he believed she lied to him. He goes to the mortuary and is led to her grave where he reads the head stone with his fingers. He asks the mortician if a coffin is sometimes buried empty. The mortician asks why anyone would do that. Martin suggests a prank. The mortician replies, "Seems like a pretty expensive prank." Martin spends his whole life obsessively seeking proof because he can trust no one. Until he meets Andy.

He trusts Andy.

It hardly need be said that Andy, played with boyish charm and just the right amount of discovery by Russell Crowe, will both disappoint Martin and teach him a lesson. Martin certainly needs some kind of lesson. He exploits his housekeeper Celia's obsessive love for him, tormenting her by keeping her on, while denying her love as he inflicts little humiliations. For her part Celia, played with a penetrating and desperate sexuality by Geneviève Picot, mothers him and seeks to dominate. She wants to keep Martin dependant on her in the hope that someday he will seek her love. She controls his life, teaching the dog to prefer her and to come to her when signaled. In her frustration she plays little tricks on Martin, such as putting objects in his path so he will run into them. When Andy threatens to become important to Martin, predictably she seduces him. Thus we have our triangle. Andy also serves as an objectifying device to underscore the obsessions of Martin and Celia.

Jocelyn Moorhouse wrote and directed this original little masterpiece of dark humor from down under. She carefully worked out the character-driven story so that humor and tragedy are in balance and we experience the revelations from the perspective of all three characters. Nothing is fake or hackneyed and no one point of view is preferred. She has the gift of seeing more than one side of the human condition, and it is this gift that makes her scenes so effective. Note that the drive-in theater scene depends on our knowing what Martin is doing and why, while seeing his actions from the point of view of the bikers. He faces the bikers from the driver's seat in the next car and holds up a packet of prophylactics. The biker guy looks over and thinks that he is being taunted by a "fag."

I have seen Moorhouse's How to Make an American Quilt (1995), which also explored the underlying psychological motives of human beings, but this is a better film. It will be interesting to see what she does next.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)


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