Blind (2014)

Director: Eskil Vogt
Writer: Eskil Vogt
Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt
Part of: Scope50
Seen on: 06.02.2015

Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) suffers from an illness that has left her completely blind. She hasn’t left her apartment since it happened, instead trying to focus on her writing. But her imagination keeps running away with her – not only when it comes to her fictional characters Elin (Vera Vitali) and Einar (Marius Kolbenstvedt), she also keeps thinking that her boyfriend Morten (Henrik Rafaelsen) keeps sneaking back into their apartment instead of going to work to watch her as she writes.

Blind is a film full of fantasy, humor and emotion. I liked both idea and execution – I’m just not sold on the ending. But altogether I really enjoyed the film.


From the description I read of the film, I thought that it would be much darker, an actual thriller. But it isn’t. Instead it’s a wonderful examination of how Ingrid struggles to get used to her new life without sight. Ingrid is completely unsettled by her blindness and it calls into question her entire life – something which she doesn’t want to face at first. But she can’t run from it and it even takes over her writing, as much as she tries to distract herself with it.

This is not the easiest premise to deal with and the movie does have its dark moments, but most of the time it goes about it with a great sense of humor and a levity that is rare in films dealing with disability.

blind1I also loved how the film depicts Ingrid’s writing process, showing us the scenes that take place in her head and playing with that set-up, too. That also contributed to a certain blurring between fiction and reality, but it never becomes too confusing – instead it creates an intriguing texture to the entire narrative.

It is only the ending that was a little disappointing. [SPOILERS] After Ingird confronts her issues, we also find out that she is pregnant, which was just way too cheesy for the rest of the film. And, apparently in an attempt to be more just and not lay the fault of the situation entirely with Ingrid, Morten’s dullness is cited as another problem for the relationship – unfortunately until the ending, there was never any reference to his dullness, so that came out of nowhere. [/SPOILERS] But since the parts up until that ending were great, I can overlook that with ease.

blind2Summarizing: Awesome.

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