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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)
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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 ... First Blind Man's Wife
Joe Pingue ... Taxi Driver
Susan Coyne Susan Coyne ... Receptionist
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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Hope is blind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Brazil | Canada | Japan | UK | Italy

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blindness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,950,260, 5 October 2008

Gross USA:

$3,351,751

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,844,979
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several images in the film, are directly lifted from the paintings of Lucian Freud. These include the nude woman laying face down on the bed in the mental hospital, as well as the man laying on his back, with his arm over his face, with a whippet at his side. 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 Repulsion (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Hexagrams
Written by Marco Antônio Guimarães
(c) 1993 Uakti Music - Used by Permission
Performed by Marco Antônio Guimarães (as Uakti)
Provided courtesy of Decca Label Group
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A realistic "look" at the real archetype behind end times scenarios
6 March 2015 | by DuskShadowSee all my reviews

Talk about surprise! I had some idea of what this film entailed, but truly the whole experience made me glad I saw this. Not for a totally glad tidings, happily ever after or RAW, unadulterated slasher gore fest. I was just glad to see a real film. Not many out there these days; too much want of more action or sex or whatever sissy visionaries pander to a certain age group. No drivel here, though of course sometimes I hated the main characters.

But that shows I got into this film.

Now as some have learned, especially when it comes to the genre of apocalyptic scenarios or doomsdays, the most predominant archetype that comes to mind is the zombie end times sort. But of course anyone in the know will understand that the whole zombie thing is but a metaphor for total breakdown of modern law, structure and moral scruples. And so we have this film called blindness. What people do when widespread panic strikes due to an epidemic that grows in uncalculated strides is pretty obvious: " there's panic in the streets of London". Well not just London, but everywhere. Sheer panic. And also the need for that same normalcy , that same grasp of lifestyle we all take for granted along with whats most important, our ability to live itself. Our senses, though heavily relied upon, when gone leave us with much straining and yoking for what we could have, what might have been...yadda yadda.

In summation this film was real enough to be a thriller on the most basic of animalistic, raw , easy to understand human level. Not for kids unless they are teens, not a movie for lovers , family, just a mature movie about the sanctity of life and why we must always remember how precious it is, and how grateful we should be to have all our faculties. NOw go watch the film and live ya lil monsters =p


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