When you're blind, the response is much flatter. The film, like the novel, directly addresses sight and point of view and asks you to see things from a different perspective. While the completed script was mostly faithful to the novel, McKellar went through several drafts that were not. . The doctor's wife leads her husband and others from her ward in search of food and shelter. The big problem is with Ward 3, and its savage leader Bernal. Some visual episodes here simply took my breath away.
Meirelles chose to make a contemporary film so audiences could relate to the characters. American Council of the Blind. Archived from on January 2, 2009. With its relative obscurity, the director sought São Paulo as the film's generic location. Her sight is kept a secret by her husband and others, though as time goes on, she feels isolated in being the only one with sight. Three wards in a prison are filled with people who are quarantined; armed guards watch them.
The cast and crew included 700 extras who had to be trained to simulate blindness. What a pedigree this film has. They worked, all of them that I got, because Julianne understood what they were and how to support them. Blind people who can see, but do not see. Being struck by pipes they don't see coming, swung by people who don't know what they're swinging at.
He somehow obtains a revolver and uses it to bully the other wards by controlling the food supply. During a dinner with his wife, the doctor discusses the strange case. She starts out quite tough, but she develops very strong maternal feelings. The place immediately crowds and a group of criminals takes the power, demanding jewels and electronics first and sex later for the limited ratio of food they control. You usually cut when someone looks over. Meirelles originally sought to cast actor as Doctor, but negotiations were not finalized.
Not only is it despairing and sickening, it's ugly. Her husband, now used to his blindness, saves her and they manage to return to their friends. With the support of Dr. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. I did feel like this character was very much like Saramago because he is completely unapologetic—he is who he is and he accepts who he is.
His fictional calculations are all so precise and a tone of deadly seriousness swamps the grim action. In a film that doesn't even try to explain the blindness not that it could , there's room for nothing but symbols and metaphors and the well-diversified group we identify with, which includes an Asian couple and Yoshino Kimura , the doctor and his wife and Moore , a wise old black man , a single woman , a boy Mitchell Nye and a dog uncredited. Saramago originally refused to sell the rights to Meirelles, , or. Sure, we usually sacrifice depth in the process, but that's a small enough occasional price for the joy of laughing with a crowd. Meirelles chose an international cast. As more blind people are crammed into the prison, overcrowding and lack of outside support causes hygiene and living conditions to degrade. He's a pathetic character you first believe is the villain of the piece and then you realize that, no, he's not even close to that.
Filming began in early July in São Paulo and Guelph. When a crew arrives to pick up the doctor, his wife climbs into the van, lying that she has gone blind in order to accompany him. She tends to be at her best when the world is at its worst. Conditions set by Saramago were for the film to be set in a country that would not be recognizable to audiences, and that the canine in the novel, the Dog of Tears, should be a big dog. Ruffalo said that his character loses the illusion of his self-perspective and perceives his wife as being a person he could aspire to. His death initiates a chaotic war confrontation between the wards, which culminates with ward-3 and then most of the building being burned down and some inmates dying in the fire.
When one of the women is beaten to death by the man having the coerced sex with her, the doctor's wife has had enough and soon kills the king with scissors to the neck. The woman with dark glasses, revealed to be a call-girl, becomes the third victim of the strange blindness after an appointment with a in a hotel. The director began with an omniscient vantage point, transited to the intact viewpoint of the doctor's wife, and changed again to the Man with the Black Eye Patch, who connects the quarantined to the outside world with stories. People fighting, dying and raping. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. Actor Christian Duurvoort from Meirelles' led a series of workshops to coach the cast members. Archived from on March 18, 2009.
Allusions to other famous artworks are also made. The film was written by and directed by with and as the main characters. His death marks the point when Ward 1 takes back control, with the doctor's wife's threat to kill one of the men from Ward 3 for every day her ward goes without food. She submits to a surgery of cornea transplantation to recover her vision, and while recovering from the operation, she realizes that she's having strange visions. Filming continued through autumn of 2007. Blindness premiered as the opening film at the on May 14, 2008, and the film was released in the United States on October 3, 2008.
The film also contains visual cues, such as the 1568 painting by. São Paulo served as the primary backdrop for Blindness, being a city mostly unfamiliar to U. The doctor also becomes something of a leader; in an early scene, he reveals that he has been elected as his ward's official representative to the rest of the community. The survivors discover that the guards have abandoned their posts and they are free to venture into the city. When the movie ended, Saramago was in tears.