So far, Emanuel Levy stands [nearly] alone in his praise of a movie we had hoped would be better received:
“An ambitious rendition of the best-selling book (of the same title) by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, Blindness is a timely, socially relevant, gloomy film that reflects our zeitgeist in the post 9/11 era… Without making value judgments, the movie asks us viewers to take a stance about behavior during extreme crises, and to contemplate on the dangerous fragility of social order.”
And Guy Lodge points us to Peter Bradshaw, Guardian UK:
“The Cannes Film Festival opened last night with an experience of the most chilling and dizzying high anxiety… Blindness is a drum-tight drama, with superb, hallucinatory, images of urban collapse. It has a real coil of horror at its centre, yet is lightened with gentleness and humour. It reminded me of George A Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead, and Peter Shaffer’s absurdist stage-play Black Comedy. This is bold, masterly, film-making.”
A couple of sexy character posters after the cut.
The teaser from months ago is still my favorite.