Sunday, November 2 2008
The women have the strength to withstand the chaos; the men shirk at the responsibility, although they too eventually follow the women’s lead.
Thursday, October 2 2008
If its political metaphor is plain, the aesthetic allusions are more intriguing, as Blindness works to show what can't be shown, to find a visual language for what's not visual.
Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Jose Saramago’s Blindness fails because the source material doesn’t easily lend itself to cinema, and because the filmmaker is clearly out of his depth.
Tuesday, August 30 2005
That might be the film's most potent insight, that the white guy cannot save the day.
Monday, June 7 2004
The film's most profound understanding is that the moral confusions shaping its protagonists are not particular to them, but surrounding all of us.
Friday, January 31 2003
Delves into daily traumas and fears, the bleak hierarchies of power, race, and desire that structure life in the projects.
Thursday, January 23 2003
A longtime director of commercials, Meirelles is a consummate showman. Therein lies the problem.