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Blind

Eskil Vogt, who cowrote Joachim Trier's literate dramas Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31 (2011), makes his feature debut as writer-director with this enigmatic story (2014) of a woman recently blinded (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), her architect husband (Henrik Rafaelsen), and two associates of his—an old college friend and an online lover—who may only be characters in a story the wife taps out on the braille keyboard of her laptop. These lonely, possibly imagined secondary characters are portrayed with the same depth of feeling as the married couple but are even more engrossing as psychological projections of the wife, who's having a rough time adjusting to her sightlessness. Losing her ability to visualize things outside herself, she has to depend on her sense of touch; her lovelorn creations see everything (the college pal, a porn addict, has seen way too much) but can't make physical contact with anyone. In Norwegian with subtitles.

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