Norwegian screenwriter Eskil Vogt, co-writer of Joachim Trier’s superb “Reprise” and “Oslo, August 31” makes his directorial debut with “Blind,” an intensely realized story of a beautiful writer who abruptly goes blind. Tactically clever, textured and tactile, boldly visualized, Vogt’s depiction of the life of the newly sightless Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), plays with comic and tragic complications, and questions of identity and seeing versus being seen, but is at its best just… watching. Is “Blind” about voyeurism? Surely the stylish Vogt isn’t in the dark about his myriad permutations on the matter of looking. The sound design and score are exemplary. Winner of the World Cinema screenwriting award at Sundance 2014. With Henrik Rafaelsen. 96m. (Ray Pride)
“Blind” opens Friday, June 5 at Siskel. The NSFW Norwegian trailer is below.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published later this year.