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Running time
118 min.
Brazil Brazil
Don McKellar (Novel: José Saramago)
Marco Antônio Guimarães
César Charlone
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Co-production Brazil-Canada-Japan; Alliance Films / Fox Film / Téléfilm Canada / Rhombus Media / O2 Filmes / Bee Vine Pictures / Movie Central Network / Corus Entertainment / GAGA / Asmik Ace Entertainment. Distributed by Miramax / Focus Features
Drama. Thriller | Disability. Pandemic. Dystopia
Movie Groups
José Saramago Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hording the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is however one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Their voyage is fraught with danger, yet their survival and ultimate redemption reflect the tenacity and depth of the human spirit.
2008: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d´Or (Golden Palm)
2008: Sitges Fantasy Film Festival: Diseño of producción, Audience Award
Critics' reviews
  • "A brilliant idea that seems to lack the vision to be great. (...) begins with a powerful and disorienting sense of foreboding. But the middle lags, and by the film's conclusion, you're left feeling curiously unsatisfied (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)"
  • "Blindness is one of the most unpleasant, not to say unendurable, films I've ever seen. (...) My eyes, ears and patience were assaulted. (...) Rating: ★½ (out of four)"
  • "At times almost unbearably ugly, but by the time you walk out of the theater, you know you've seen something."
  • "Not a great film, mainly because it can't transcend -- and, indeed, lays bare -- the intellectual flimsiness of its source. But it is, nonetheless, full of examples of what good filmmaking looks like."
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