At a firm specializing in creating audio descriptions for films to serve the visually impaired, a descriptive video transcriber comes to know one of the panel members who is a formerly successful photographer who has lost much of his eyesight. As the man loses his main mode of connecting with the world he also yields his other means away. The new acquaintanceship leads to man and woman coming to terms with their lives and professions and seeing the world in new ways.Written by
The film had its North American premiere at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in September, 2017. See more »
A decent film...but certainly not a crowd pleaser
I saw RADIANCE at the Philadelphia Film Festival because I liked the writer/director Naomi Kawase's earlier film, SWEET BEAN. I am glad I did...but I also think it's a film that average viewer might struggle to enjoy...though it is well made.
The story concerns a woman whose job it is to provide descriptive captioning for the visually impaired so that they can enjoy movies. She comes in contact with a photographer who is having a hard time admitting he is blind and his life must change.
Overall, this is a lovely but deliberately paced film...with lovely music, nice acting and a story that fortunately avoids the usual clichés associated with films about the disabled.
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