After losing her sight as an adult, Ingrid begins a slow retreat from the world. Encapsulated in the safety of her home and her head, she turns to fictions she builds around the memory of the things she could once see.
“A bubbling fountain of imagination and sorrow collected in a single person,” we wrote of the fascinating sightless heroine of Norwegian screenwriter Eskil Vogt’s feature debut. A sensitive, intriguing leap to the director’s chair by the screenwriter of Oslo, August 31st and Louder than Bombs
Understated & crisp in appearance (the Scandi aesthetic naturally), disarmingly & charmingly frank in tone, this is much more than just a representation of disability. It is the disconnect between people and feeling, the frustration felt, both emotionally & sexually, at life and isolation that is as comforting as it is all-consuming. Beautiful. The representation of self-made inner fantasies is startlingly accurate.
An endlessly inventive and entertaining rendition of the creative process form within the head of the author. Blind is less about the process of coping with the isolation of blindness and more about the therapeutic effects of storytelling. Vogt here makes the most compelling case in favour of film being an ideal medium for depicting the perceptions and relationships of those without the benefit of sight.
Surprisingly playful and gentle drama that blurs the lines between reality and fiction with a subtlety that is admirable and gentle. The deftness of touch shown by first time director Eskil Vogt is extremely exciting.
Way better than Oslo 31 August, so one more star even though Vogt is not good as Trier in terms of technique. I thought I could get mad for the voice off, but that's ok, there's one good reason for it and in the end you just wanna buy some new IKEA bookshelves.
The more ideas the film tries to have the more it seems, toward the end, to decrease in actual substance. But following this with The Retrieval (if it's intentional) makes sense since the white male gaze doesn't seem to be exceeded here. And this leaving aside the issue of heteronormativity.