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The Sensation of Sight (2006)

R | | Drama | 2008 (USA)
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This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as ... See full summary »

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Aaron J. Wiederspahn (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Strathairn ... Finn
Ian Somerhalder ... Drifter
Daniel Gillies ... Dylan
Jane Adams ... Alice
Ann Cusack ... Deanna
Joseph Mazzello ... Tripp
Elisabeth Waterston ... Daisy
Scott Wilson ... Tucker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Bostnar Lisa Bostnar ... Police Officer
Ellen Colton Ellen Colton ... Neighbor
John Griesemer John Griesemer ... Principal
Joanna Herrington ... Teacher
Cassidy Hinkle ... Ruthie
Adam LeFevre ... Alice's Boss
Tony Swingle Tony Swingle ... Josh
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This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as he sets afoot selling encyclopedias to the town locals. Written by Aaron J. Wiederspahn

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When life becomes a second language...

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Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sensação de Ver See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,226, 8 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,054, 21 September 2008
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Daniel Gillies and Ian Somerhalder appeared on The Vampire Diaries (2009) . See more »

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Pretentious claptrap...misses by a country mile...
2 March 2009 | by NORDIC-2See all my reviews

Like short stories, poems, and songs, films either "work" or they don't. By "work" I mean, the piece has coherence, proper pacing, narrative drive, artistic elan, sufficient seriousness, psychological and emotional depth, but also a certain clarity that can't be feigned. Sad to say, THE SENSATION OF SIGHT doesn't work, i.e., it doesn't engage, fascinate, or absorb the viewer into its world. To cite one feature among many, David Strathairn's character, Finn, is one of those inscrutably quirky characters often found in indies, i.e., a dispirited but otherwise sane and articulate high school English teacher who has taken to carting around a wagon full of Encyclopedia Britannicas that he tries to sell to local townsfolk--for reasons that remain murky. In a word, Finn is a droll walking-talking caricature, not a real person and therefore impossible to credit with a sense of reality. Ditto for most of the other denizens of this whimsical little world. Young writer-director Aaron J. Wiederspahn exhibits glimmers of film-making ability but SENSATION OF SIGHT is a film that tries too hard to be "profound" and merely ends up being tedious.


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