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But Now I See

Ellen Dorrit Petersen in Blind (2014)

Having not long lost her sight Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) is trying everyday to picture the things she remembers with some being easier than others all the time living in the safety of her apartment whilst her husband heads out to work each day. But there are two other people in Ingrid's life, Einar (Marius Kolbenstvedt) a man who spends a lot of time on the internet watching pornography to satisfy his fetishes and then there is Elin (Vera Vitali) a divorced single mum who enters Einar's life.

Oh what to do. On one hand when I watched "Blind" I literally went in to watch it only knowing that it was a foreign language movie about a blind woman and the discovery as the movie played out was fascinating. But on the other if I don't reveal certain things I can't really review the movie as to preserve the experience of "Blind" I would have to be vague. I think I will chose to be vague, leaving questions unanswered because the way this movie unfolds is more captivating when you don't know where it is leading.

As such "Blind" starts in a not too untypical fashion as we meet Ingrid and get a snapshot of her life and how she is dealing with being blind, not leaving her apartment and so on. But then we meet Einar and suddenly we are bombarded with images of pornography as he is a man filled with fetishes. The question is who is Einar? How does Ingrid know him? And the same of single mother Elin as they seem to live near each other and later on we see Einar having coffee with Ingrid's husband. But something isn't right about these people, they seem to be people who mirror Ingrid's fears surrounding her life and so without giving anything away you question whether they are real especially when we learn that Ingrid is writing a book.

That is as much detail as I will give because you need to watch not knowing exactly what is what. But there are so many creatively shot scenes that it constantly is spiking your interest as you try to work out what is what. It is credit to writer and director Eskil Vogt for achieving this and doing so in a beautiful way with an artistic look but not so artistic that the look dominates what is happening. And it is also credit to the main stars for doing such a good job of playing their characters in an uncomplicated but still intriguing manner.

What this boils down to is that "Blind" is as a reviewer frustrating because it is a movie best watched knowing little which means I can't explain too much. But it is such a well written and shot movie that it is thoroughly captivating even when it seems to becoming disjointed which quickly becomes part of its mystery.

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