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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director:

Fernando Meirelles

Writers:

José Saramago (novel), Don McKellar (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsuke Iseya ... First Blind Man
Jason Bermingham Jason Bermingham ... Driver #1
Eduardo Semerjian Eduardo Semerjian ... Concerned Pedestrian #1
Don McKellar ... Thief
Ciça Meirelles Ciça Meirelles ... Driver #2
Antônio Fragoso Antônio Fragoso ... Concerned Pedestrian #2
Lilian Blanc Lilian Blanc ... Concerned Pedestrian #3
Douglas Silva ... Onlooker #1
Daniel Zettel Daniel Zettel ... Onlooker #2
Yoshino Kimura Yoshino Kimura ... First Blind Man's Wife
Joe Pingue ... Taxi Driver
Susan Coyne Susan Coyne ... Receptionist
Fabiana Gugli Fabiana Gugli ... Mother of the Boy
Mitchell Nye Mitchell Nye ... Boy
Danny Glover ... Man with Black Eye Patch
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Storyline

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Written by Festival de Cannes' Editor

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Trust is blind. See more »


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Rated R for violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | Brazil | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ceguera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

BRL 1,223,734 (Brazil), 14 September 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,950,260, 3 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,073,392, 12 October 2008
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The music video of the song "Intocable" ("Untouchable"), released by Mexican singer and Composer Aleks Syntek in 2007, is also based on the novel "Blindness" by José Saramago. See more »

Goofs

When the first blind man arrives home, he says he lives on the 14th floor. After his wife arrives you can see some trees through the kitchen window. Those trees should not be there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Blind Man: I'm blind.
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Connections

References The Woman in Red (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Just Called to Say I Love You
Written by Stevie Wonder
Used by permission of Black Bull Music
All Rights Reserves
Performed by Gael García Bernal
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User Reviews

 
Opens your eyes for something you don't want to see
15 August 2009 | by guynabaSee all my reviews

The movie has its merits. It brings you into the story, making you feel all the emotions felt by the characters, and in my opinion this is why some people didn't like it; it opens your eyes for things that nobody wants to see. I'm not saying that a disease like this one could happen, but others may come, and that's a reality.

The movie makes you feel extremely uncomfortable; I caught myself thinking about leaving the room sometimes. The atmosphere that Fernando Meireles built is so heavy and dark (even thought the whole movie is full of bright colors) that it makes you feel something like depression, sadness, and you keep thinking in the movie after it has finished. The acting helped a lot in this aspect; all the actors did their best to give a perfect sense of reality.

If you want just to spend some time watching a good apocalyptic movie, this is not the one. It may be considered as "cult" in someway, by the fact that you don't watch it to get entertained, but to reflect about it.

If I had to grade this movie based on how I felt during it, I would give it a 0, but I have to say that, above everything, it is a great movie.

8/10


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