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Window of the Soul (2001)

Janela da Alma (original title)
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 »

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João Jardim, Walter Carvalho (co-director)
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5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Evgen Bavcar Evgen Bavcar ... Self
Raimunda da Conceição Filha Raimunda da Conceição Filha ... Self (Gabriel's Mother)
Felipe Felipe ... Self (Baby)
Gabriel Gabriel ... Self (Baby)
Arnaldo Godoy Arnaldo Godoy ... Self
Walter Lima Jr. Walter Lima Jr. ... Self
Hermeto Paschoal ... Self
João Ubaldo Ribeiro João Ubaldo Ribeiro ... Self
Oliver Sacks ... Self
Verônica de Jesus Santos Verônica de Jesus Santos ... Self (Felipe's Mother)
José Saramago ... Self
Hanna Schygulla ... Self
Marieta Severo ... Self
Agnès Varda ... Self
Wim Wenders ... Self
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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 Anonymous

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Janela da Alma : an excellent documentary film from Brazil about eyes.
6 February 2009 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

I got a chance to see this film in 2002 at New Delhi during International Film Festival of India 2002.It was on that occasion that I also got a chance to interact with Joao Jardim about his film.It is through eyes that we experience all the good things in life.Our lives would really be meaningless if we don't have eyes or if we are not able to see properly."Janela da Alma" is a marvelous documentary film from Brazil which discusses the important topic of "importance of eyes in the lives of human beings".What makes this intimate documentary worthwhile is its description about eyes both from scientific as well as cultural perspective.Joao Jardim and Walter Carvalho who have made this film show the interviews of various important personalities of cinema in order to let them speak about eyes.We get a chance to see important people related to the field of cinema such as Wim Wenders, Agnes Varda,Jose Saramago and Olivier Sachs.If you are looking for a different kind of documentary film,Janela da Alma would easily be your best choice.


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