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Blinded

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2004
  • Eleanor Yule
  • 88 mins
  • 15

Summary

While doing her rounds in the Scottish countryside, Doctor Caroline Lamar comes upon a hitchhiker, and offers him a lift. Young Danish backpacker Mike Hammershoi explains that he is looking for work in the area, and so she points him in the direction of Black's farm, an isolated steading. Francis Black, the owner, who is blind, and lives there with his ailing mother Bella, and enigmatic young wife Rachel, tells Mike he can work in the yard. But put off by the foreboding atmosphere, Mike declines. A chance encounter with Rachel, however, persuades him to stay and settle in. Since the accident that blinded him two years earlier, Francis has become incresingly bitter, and sensing hs young wife's attraction to the stranger, orders him to leave. But rather than force them apart, Mike's imminent departure only serves to bind teh two in a passionate relationship that will ultimately have dark consequences for them all.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In this admirable feature debut, writer/director Eleanor Yule draws upon the haunting style of Danish painter Hammershoi to capture the bleakness of the Scottish setting. She also references the Scandinavian artist in the character of Mike Hammershoi (Anders W Berthelsen), a Danish backpacker who goes in search of work at a farm owned by Francis Black (Peter Mullan). There, Mike witnesses the tyranny the blind man imposes on his young wife, Rachel (Jodhi May) and his meek mother (Phyllida Law). Yule clearly has Emile Zola's Thérèse Raquin in mind as a triangular relationship develops, ultimately leading to tragedy, but the inevitable illicit passion between Berthelsen and May lacks fire beside Mullan's penny-dreadful brooding.

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Credits

Cast

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Francis BlackPeter Mullan
Rachel BlackJodhi May
Mike HammershoiAnders W Berthelsen
Bella BlackPhyllida Law
Caroline LamarSamantha Bond (2)
Lachie McNeillKenny Ireland
PC KingKate Donnolly
Angus BlairRalph Riach
Ulla HammershoiJan Wilson

Crew

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DirectorEleanor Yule

Details

Theatrical distributor
Guerilla Films
Released on
2005-09-30
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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