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VIFF: Blindness, and more…

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Its official, VIFF is underway. Last night the opening gala kicked off with a screening of Blindness and an all inclusive party at the Vancouver Aquarium. Those who know me well know I like to drink like a fish so drinking with fish is a great way to go about that, these VIFF people sure have the right idea. Anyway…

Blindness is from The Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles. He joins forces with Canadian writer/director/actor Don McKellar to bring Portuguese Nobel Prize winner JosĂ© Saramago’s 1995 novel to the big screen in this large-scale philosophical thriller. An epidemic of blindness pushes society to the breaking point after sweeping through a modern metropolis and crossing borders into the outside world.

So far the film is not receiving favorable reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an average of 36%. That said one of our staff members attended the gala last night as had favorable things to say about the film. The Coles Notes version of her review is that the film holds up well, all be it mostly because Julianne Moore‘s performance. Parts of the film were hard to watch and she had trouble telling if it was due to empathy for the Julianne’s character or if the scenes just made her feel uncomfortable. Based on this information I think I’ll skip seeing Blindness until it comes out on DVD, in the mean time there are tons of other great films to check out at this years VIFF as I have covered in other blog posts.

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