EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|PROOF (director/writer: Jocelyn Moorhouse; cinematographer: Martin McGrath; editor: Ken Sallows; music: Not Drowning, Waving; cast: Hugo Weaving (Martin), Genevieve Picot (Celia), Russell Crowe (Andy), Heather Mitchell (Mother), Jeffrey Walker (Young Martin), Saskia (Waitress), Cliff Ellen (Post Caretaker); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Lynda House; Fine Line Features; 1991-Australia)|
drama about a blind man dealing with emotional
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
The debut feature of
Moorhouse ("How to
Make an American Quilt"/"A Thousand Acres") is this
spellbinding unconventional psychological drama about
a blind man
dealing with emotional security, learning to have
faith in the unseen
and to forgive others for their flaws, and in trying
to deal with his
seductive housekeeper. Its
fervent pitch and cynicism about the human condition
reminds one of The
Servant by Pinter/Losey.
Weaving) is a 32-year-old blind photographer living
alone with a
seeing-eye dog, who trusts no one--especially his
plain-looking 30-year-old housekeeper Celia (Genevieve
Picot), also a
photographer, who has a perverse desire to screw and
control him. As
a child, Martin became
convinced his mom lied to him about the sights she
described to him in
their garden and requested a camera to get proof of
what was the truth. He has since relied on the
camera to be proof of what is described to him and it
becomes a way of
trusting in what he can't see but can only sense--but
he has to rely on
others to tell him honestly what's in the photos.
At the vet's waiting
where Martin is bringing his pet cat for treatment, he
young restaurant kitchen worker Andy (Russell Crowe).
He comes to an
arrangement whereby Andy
tells him about the photos taken, and he soon comes to
rely on Andy
telling him the truth. That's something he doesn't
believe Celia is
capable of, and doesn't want a pity fuck.
The trio meet and a
tale of betrayal emerges, that becomes as enthralling
as a thriller.
It's a deceptive original work, with an intelligent
well-thought-out denouement that has astounding
performances from the
leads. In the end, the guileless Crowe character says
but not all the time," which sums up where we are
going with this
caustic and well-executed ethical parable.
REVIEWED ON 4/25/2010 GRADE: A
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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