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Blindness (2008)

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Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi |

Blindness is a English-language thriller film and an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by Portuguese author José Saramago about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. The film was written by Don McKellar and directed by Fernando Meirelles, with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as the main characters. Saramago originally refused to sell the rights for a film adaptation, but the producers were able to acquire it with the condition that the film would be set in an unnamed and unrecognizable city. Blindness premiered as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2008, and the film was released in the United States on October 3, 2008.

A young Japanese professional suddenly goes blind in his car at an intersection, his field of vision turning white. A passerby offers to drive him home, then steals his car. His wife returns home and takes him to an ophthalmologist who can identify nothing wrong and refers him for further evaluation.

The next day, the doctor goes blind, and recognizes that it must be caused by a communicable disease. Around the city, more citizens are struck blind, causing widespread panic, and the government organizes a quarantine for the blind in a derelict asylum. When a hazmat crew arrives to pick up the doctor, his wife lies that she has also gone blind in order to accompany him.

Director: Fernando Meirelles

Writers: José Saramago (novel), Don McKellar (screenplay)

Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover, Don Mckellar, Yûsuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura

►Cast:

Yûsuke IseyaFirst Blind Man
Jason BerminghamDriver #1
Eduardo SemerjianConcerned Pedestrian #1
Don McKellarThief
Ciça MeirellesDriver #2
Antônio FragosoConcerned Pedestrian #2
Lilian BlancConcerned Pedestrian #3
Douglas SilvaOnlooker #1
Daniel ZettelOnlooker #2
Yoshino KimuraFirst Blind Man’s Wife
Joe PingueTaxi Driver
Susan CoyneReceptionist
Fabiana GugliMother of the Boy
Mitchell NyeBoy
Danny GloverMan with Black Eye Patch
Alice BragaWoman with Dark Glasses
Mark RuffaloDoctor
Joe CobdenPoliceman
Julianne MooreDoctor’s Wife
Mpho KoahoPharmacist’s Assistant
Sari FriedlandWoman in Bar
Gael García BernalBartender / King of Ward Three
Tom MelissisEngineer
Tracy WrightThief’s Wife
Amanda HiebertMaid
Jorge MolinaHotel Security Guard
Patrick GarrowHotel Assistant Manager
Gerry MendicinoSilver Haired Doctor
Matt GordonMinister’s Assistant
Sandra OhMinister of Health
Anthero MontenegroCop #1
Fernando PatauCop #2
Otávio MartinsPolice Captain
João VelhoAmbulance Attendant
Marvin KaronAnnouncer
Joseph MotikiGuard
Johnny GoltzSoldier
Robert BidamanMinister’s Advisor
Niv FichmanIsraeli Scientist
Oscar HsuProminent Ophthalmologist
Martha BurnsWoman with Insomnia
Scott AndersonMeek Inmate
Michael MahonenSergeant
Joris JarskyHooligan
Billy OtisHoodlum
Maury ChaykinAccountant
LinLyn LueEmissary from Ward Two
Toni EllwandWoman of Ward One
Mariah IngerWoman of Ward One
Nadia LitzWoman of Ward One
Isai Rivera BlasMan of Ward Three
Rick DemasMan of Ward Three
Kelly FiddickMan of Ward Three
Matt FitzgeraldMan of Ward Three
Mike G. YohannesMan of Ward Three
Norman OwenMan of Ward Three (as Norm Owen)
Jackie BrownWoman of Ward Two
Victoria FodorWoman of Ward Two
Agi GallusWoman of Ward Two
Bathsheba GarnettWoman of Ward Two
Alice PoonWoman of Ward Two
Plínio SoaresHulking Scavenger
Rodrigo ArijonScavenger
Mel CiocolatoScavenger
Heraldo FirminoScavenger
Carol HubnerScavenger
Fernando MacárioScavenger
Eduardo ParisiScavenger
Rodrigo PessinScavenger
Domingos AntonioPreacher
BarnieDog of Tears
JimDog of Tears
Bia BorinBlind Woman
Katherine EastIntern
John FortBlind Man
Adriana GuerraWoman
Paulino NunesPortuguese Radio Announcer (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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