Saturday, October 11, 2008
I'm a bookworm. I like to read. Alot. When I read a good book I usually do not like to see it portrayed on the big screen. I now forever associate Atonement with Keira Knightly and it is just - well, irritating. Most often, I find filmmakers are unable to capture the true essence of a novel, the beautiful nuances, all the little details.
Last night, was the exception to the rule. I saw Blindness.
Blindness is a novel I read a few years ago. Written by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, it is a haunting exploration of the human condition which includes both the good and the very very bad. Civilization is struck by an infectious disease where all are cast into a "white" blindness. Only one woman can see and is a witness to the ensuing horror. It is extremely well written and despite its darkness (it is indeed very dark), remains one of my favourite novels.
Directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and screenplay adapatation by Canada's very own Don McKellar, the movie remains startling true to the book. The movie was also visually stunning - full of surreal images of light and darkness, black and white. The acting, superb.
Here's the trailer......
I hightly recommend both the book and the film!