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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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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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Self-indulgent and stale
8 September 2008 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

There are good points to this movie. The cast is rather impressive. Strathairn is one of the better indie actors out there and here, he does a good job. The rest of the cast obviously put their heart into it. Which brings me to the brightest thing about this film: Daniel Gillies. He simply shines in every single scene he is in. Kudos to him. In a stronger movie, he would have been nominated for an Oscar. The movie looks absolutely beautiful. Some of the shots are inspiring and moving.

The problem of this film is that the story Aaron J. Wiederspahn writes and direct is long, tedious and goes in circle. For instance, Scott Wilson plays a character called Tucker with aplomb, but after a while, it's just difficult to sympathize when nothing is going on but a sort of self-pity festival.

Without a doubt, the worse moment in this movie is its resolution. A long scene featuring Strathairn and Ian Somerhalder (of Lost fame, and as bad as usual) is just outrageously silly. It's probably the first time ever I didn't find Strathairn believable and the whole scene ends up being an embarrassing mess and a pathetic conclusion.

What raises this movie to a four is some beautiful shots throughout the movie and Daniel Gillies' performance. I'm glad to learn that Gillies will soon direct his first movie. Hopefully, this should allow him to shine in something other than a sub par drama.


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