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Blindness (2008)

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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)
15 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Faith 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

In addition to cutting it, Julianne Moore dyed her signature red hair blonde for the film. This made her very uncomfortable, because people were giving the new color so much attention. See more »

Goofs

When the Doctor's wife is boiling water, there should not be any sound, because the kettle does not have a whistle cap on it. 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

A Lua é Testemunha (Una Noche Serena Y Oscura)
Written by S. Lozano
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Management: Pffamusic do Brasil Ediçôes Musicaes Ltda.
Brazilian Version: Inhana/Goia
Provided courtesy of Warner Music Brasil Ltda., A company from Warner Music Group
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Decent adaptation that's just not as powerful as the book
25 May 2009 | by Quebec_DragonSee all my reviews

I adored the book, it was both powerful and thought-provoking. The adaptation is fairly decent but I just didn't like it as much. It was gritty, well filmed but I expected more, way more. The movie felt somewhat censored to me for lack of a better term. I do give credit to the director for the clever way his characters go blind and his plays on light. The plot is interesting and mysterious making you wonder what is happening and how you would react to certain situations. Julianne Moore gave a restrained quality performance and the rest of the international cast was OK but not outstanding. I think it's another case where I should have watched the film before reading the book.

Rating: 7 out of 10


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