2 days ago
🎬notes on blindness (2016) 📽
directors: james spinney, peter middleton
starring: dan renton skinner, simone kirby
how often you come across a movie (docudrama, in this case) which leaves you dumbfounded with all its beauty and poetry? notes on blindness belongs to that set of rare movies that stays with the viewers long, long after the viewing. the story is based on john m. hull, an author and a theology professor, who suffers blindness and thus starts recording audio tapes as his diary describing his journey into blindness. the actors have only lip-synced to the original tapes, domestic recordings, interviews by hull and his family. this radically blurs the line between drama and documentary. we are brought into the world of john hull and the insight given of a mind that knows blindnesss is something we don't watch usually. we are brought closer to the objects producing sound so as to get into the skin of hull. the voiceovers, the beauty of nature shown through blurred visions and more through sounds of birds chirping, leaves rattling, will let you feel hull's joy. how the initial pain, worry, and frustration transforms into beauty, bliss, profoundness, is the journey here. as hull describes it by the end, his blindness is a gift he didn't want, but it surely is a gift.
not everyone may like this movie, because it's slow, but that's what makes it perfect. at times, i felt as if i was watching a terrence malick movie. each and every shot of the movie is pure art. if i have to describe the movie in one word, i would only say: poetic.
movie junkie's rating: 10/10
#notesonblindness #australia #british #jamesspinney #petermiddleton #johnmhull #danrentonskinner #simonekirby #marilynhull #cinema #docudrama #cinephile #cinematography #moviemaniac #moviebuff #movieislife #movielove #movielover #moviejunkie