In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette.
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So beautifully shot and such a richly lucid detailing of personal observation. It's sad but never crushing and I loved the idea of lip synching to the audio cassettes as a narrative device. Wonderfully touching and haunting stuff. Recommended. 4 stars
The documentary equivalent of one of Eddie Redmayne's recent films. A few touching moments, but mostly just slickly sentimental, bland, and devoid of specificity in the details. The Werner Herzog documentary Land of Silence and Darkness covers the subject with more truthfulness and gravitas.
A disappointment in its use of audio versus the image. The audio recordings of the actual John Hull are very interesting and touching. The lip-synch with actors isn't desirable, as it downsized the effect of the recordings. However, the biggest problem is the continuous soundtrack that dramatises the film too much...
A cinematic meditation on the possibilities and limits of the audio and visual in relation to the physical, psychological and spiritual. The genius of the film is in the innovative use of photography to depict the inherent melancholic beauty of the protagonist's faded vision juxtaposed with an inspirational interior monologue that is both philosophically and theologically profound.
touching, smart and incredibly different from anything that i've seen before. i couldn't help wishing that i'd been listening on an audio book instead of watching it as a film though, not sure how well the story took to this medium. i enjoyed alot of the visuals but not the re-enacted actor scenes.
It is so reliant on audio voiceover, it would perhaps be better suited to being a radio documentary. I wish they opted for a dramatic feature or purer documentary (doesn't have to be based on talking heads), not this hybrid - formally it is not the most interesting approach for a film on blindness, and the dramatic reconstructions are fine but a little bland. wears its poignancy a little too heavily on its sleeve.