A fascinating look at Fred Hawin's transformation of faces, outlooks, and lives.


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Credited cast:
Fred Harwin ...
Ocularist (as Fredric M. Harwin MSc) (as BFA) (as FAMI)
Andy Jackman ...


Fredric Harwin is a medical illustrator, ocularist, and artist who bridges the distance between art and medicine to make acrylic eyes. He narrates as the camera watches him work, taking us through the 12-step process of making an artificial eye. Fred also shares his goals and values - to help the patient, usually the victim of an accident, feel whole again and feel good about themselves. The editing helps us see as well - sometimes the screen is in a panoramic, sometimes only a small square contains an image. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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January 2003 (USA)  »

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27 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

It's an interesting topic, but the movie is so focused on itself *as* a movie that the topic is essentially lost. While the director apparently thinks that the cuts and blackouts and visual stutter reference vision loss, they register only as "tricks," more appropriate to a music video, or possibly a film school project. The children's science show Newton's Apple did a better job of describing what an ocularist does, and at least as good a job of describing the role of prosthetic eyes socially. There's an interesting topic for a movie hidden inside this movie—society's need for disabled people to hide their disability, for example—but if that occurred to the filmmaker, it's obscured by the visual style.

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