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, hording 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. —IMDb
Among the prominent Latin filmmakers to have emerged during the late-20th and early-21st centuries, director Fernando Meirelles has perhaps been the most critically acclaimed of them all-no small feat when his contemporaries have included Walter Sales, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Amenabar. With his breakout feature, the Oscar-nominated “City of God” (2002), a violent and kinetic film about drug-dealing gangs in the slums of Rio de Janiero, Meirelles displayed a flair for stylized camera moves, rapid editing and gritty realism-elements that soon became trademarks. A one-time commercial director, Meirelles has taken a non-traditional approach to filmmaking, using barebones crews, non-actors in major roles and major stars as camera operators for point-of-view shots. The results have been some of the most stunning and vibrant films to have emerged from south of the Rio Grande.
Born and raised in San Paolo, Brazil in a middleclass home, Meirelles spent a great deal of his youth traveling… read more
Great story, arbitrary editing, slack musical accompaniment, overly representational cinematography. Profundity is in fact zapped out of the inherent message of the material that not only are certain scenarios superfluous, the entire film is.
how could anyone ridicule or dismiss a story so close to the bone? nevermind the film's flaws, superfluous scenarios, cheese or obviousness. i've not read the book, maybe it can't do it justice, but in isolation and essence it's horribly resonant in terms of global unconsciousness and profound, ignorant self-absorption/materialism. yes, 'lord of the flies' but in a fuller way that includes the feminine.
Aplicando ao máximo seu tino para experimentos com fotografia e edição (burilando agora com o som), Meirelles ousou. Falhou em arrebanhar o público e a crítica pelo exato motivo que faz desta colérica… read review
Wow, this movie was a surprise. I had never heard of the film or the book but came across it on Netflix. It started off as an ordinary suspenseful film with a mysterious outbreak of blindness and then… read review