Pascal Grenier for Cinetalk.net
Blind is a Norwegian drama. The first feature of director Eskil Vogt, best-known for his collaboration with Danish director Joachim Trier (he has co-written his three feature films so far including the acclaimed Oslo, 31. August). It’s an impressive debut, well-assured and audacious.
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home – a place where she can feel in control. While her frequently-absent husband is at work, she is alone and deeply plunges into her thoughts and her writing.
A sensual and sensory film, its approach of the themes installs an overflow of imagination… Seen through the (blind) eyes of the young woman and her personal universe, the first-person character-driven narrative may seem at time confusing as it constantly switches from her reality to her fictional work. As the viewer tries to discern what’s her reality from what is fragments of her imagination, Vogt challenges the intellect and senses with refined imagery and by abrupt editing and fractured voice-over with a certain reminiscence of the late Alain Resnais. It makes this work distinct and riveting.