The Sensation of Sight 2006 R

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In an awe-inspiring fusion of dream/reality, this offbeat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn (David Strathairn), a middle-aged English teacher, as he enters a midlife crisis ignited by a recent tragedy.

Starring:
David Strathairn, Ian Somerhalder
Runtime:
2 hours 15 minutes

The Sensation of Sight

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Genres Drama
Director Aaron J. Wiederspahn
Starring David Strathairn, Ian Somerhalder
Supporting actors Daniel Gillies, Jane Adams, Ann Cusack, Joseph Mazzello, Elisabeth Waterston, Scott Wilson, Lisa Bostnar, Ellen Colton, John Griesemer, Joanna Herrington, Cassidy Hinkle, Adam LeFevre, Tony Swingle, David Szehi, John Pungitore, Rich Rothbell
Studio Monterey Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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I found this film to be poetic, thoughtful, and beautifully shot.
gm33
The downside of the movie is that it sometimes tries too hard to reach a level of quirk that can be expected in indie films.
indiefan
Finn sells encyclopedias to town locals, as his anxieties mount and he finds himself pursued by an unrelenting ghost.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gm33 on September 2, 2008
Format: DVD
I found this film to be poetic, thoughtful, and beautifully shot. It invites you from the very beginning to slow down and experience an intricately layered story on its own terms. Strathairn gives an amazing performance as a troubled English teacher searching for answers to a tragedy he's witnessed, and the rest of the excellent cast--Jane Adams is my favorite--help lead him toward the healing he seeks.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Roisum on September 9, 2008
Format: DVD
The previous writer does give away too much. A Sweet film that reveals more meaning with each viewing. I've seen this gem a half a dozen times and it does not disappoint with repeated viewings. Instead it rewards you with it's subtle nuanced craftsmanship and vision The ensemble cast hits on all cylinders. Straithairn is brilliant in a dark,yet somehow comic departure from some of his more stereotypical roles. Daniel Gillies is electric. There is nothing here to indicate the shoestring budget, beautifully filmed by award winning cinematographer Christophe Lansberg .First time writer / director Aaron Weidersphann brings together the whimsy of Capra, the pathos of Wes Anderson and the biting wit of Charlie Kaufman to this must see Indie delight. Like a sumptuous feast for the spirit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Clark on October 6, 2008
Format: DVD
Seeing The Sensation of Sight the first time was like meeting a quiet, brilliant and intense person who fascinated you. The more you watch this movie, the more drawn in and exhilarated you are by it and what it says about life. I couldn't wait to see it again; the second time was even better. It makes you look at the world and your own life in a new way; there are few films these days that change your perspective on life and death, but The Sensation of Sight does exactly that. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Blakney on August 31, 2010
Format: DVD
The opening shot thrilled me--for a rather personal reason. I recognized the scene as the one that's been fascinating my brother and me since we were kids. It's an old stone barn we used to drive past on the way to visit our grandfather.

After admiring the barn, I realized that nothing was really happening. Nothing much, anyway. I waited while the movie's dawn turned to daylight around the barn and the morning mists burned off. I began to wish I hadn't bought it.

But it gets better. We meet a man named Finn (David Strathairn) and watch as he tells his wife he's going away. Finn seems to be tortured and have a driving need to search for some sort of answer. His message is ambiguous and almost confusing--as it should be.

In another scene, two guys come together to wash cars, and they're discussing the fact that one is working and the other is not. But there are three guys there, and the third one isn't working, either. And he's wearing a suit. I wondered why. And I wondered why, in the age of the internet, Finn decides to go-to-door selling encyclopedias.

Eventually I learned that the third guy is a ghost. It's not that this is a `paranormal' movie. It's just that Finn's burden of unresolved tragedy is as real to him as any physical presence could be. The people around him can't see the ghost--most of them, anyway. What they can see, can touch, are the encyclopedias.

Finn is not glamorous. He's not fabulous. He's not even successful or collected or sexy, at least in the classic sense. He's real. In fact, he's so real, so imperfect, so nakedly human that I relate to him. I identify. I feel.

"The Sensation of Sight" contains no pat answers. It depicts life, complete with anxieties and uncertainties. But it leaves us with a sense that we need not be its victims: we can be its participants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By indiefan on September 13, 2012
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Despite mixed reviews, I'm glad I gave this a watch because it was worth it. It's a bit of a journey but the emotional pay-off is superb and the characters will stay with you long after.

It's a quiet film essentially about the way people interact with each other in the world while at the same time functioning inside a bubble of isolation and the ultimate effect that can have. Each of the characters are struggling with some sort of emotional grief - their stories all connected - and yet they`re unable to help or, at times, even be fully aware of each other.

While the primary theme is fairly tragic, there's a sense of lightness that keeps the film from bogging down. The cinematography is gorgeous in a minimalist setting that lets the performances stand on their own. There were also some flashes of dark, unexpected humor, if you pay close attention. I had one laugh-out-loud moment when Somerhalder's character - who is often so isolated and restrained that he's almost like a ghost - has a moment of painful irony with a young boy, Josh.

The downside of the movie is that it sometimes tries too hard to reach a level of quirk that can be expected in indie films. It's also a shade pretentious, taking itself very seriously and can be a bit heavy-handed trying to get it's ideas across. Perhaps the writer/director should have just let this one unfold a bit more organically at times.

The brightest spots were the actor's performances. I fully expected Strathairn, Adams, Scott and Cusak to be wonderful and they absolutely were. I was pleasantly surprised by almost the entire cast, though. A few of them particularly stood out for me.
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