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The plot is about a blind man without trust, a desperate woman without love, a young man without direction, and what happens when their three paths intersect. No one character is without blame, and each word and action is understood for better or for worse by the audience. It is a simple story ("Proof" being the term that serves as a benchmark by which trust is gained) wrung through the complexities of people and of life.
Two of the film's stars, Hugo Weaving of "Matrix" and "LoTR" fame and Russell Crowe of "Gladiator" and "LA Confidential" fame, have gone on to recent and popular success. I can only hope that this leads to more exposure of this film, a small Australian production that is as well-executed, well-written, and well-acted as any classic American cinema. "Proof" is worth a video store search or purchase. It is truly a diamond in the rough.
If you like subtle, black comedies this is the film for you!
It hardly need be said that Andy, played with boyish charm and just the right amount of discovery by Russell Crowe, will both disappoint Martin and teach him a lesson. Martin certainly needs some kind of lesson. He exploits his housekeeper Celia's obsessive love for him, tormenting her by keeping her on, while denying her love as he inflicts little humiliations. For her part Celia, played with a penetrating and desperate sexuality by Geneviève Picot, mothers him and seeks to dominate. She wants to keep Martin dependant on her in the hope that someday he will seek her love. She controls his life, teaching the dog to prefer her and to come to her when signaled. In her frustration she plays little tricks on Martin, such as putting objects in his path so he will run into them. When Andy threatens to become important to Martin, predictably she seduces him. Thus we have our triangle.Read more ›
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1991 not 2013. One of the best small-budget movies from down under (NZ). Both Weaving and Crow shine as a disturbed blind man and a dead-end -job dish washer. Smart and beautiful. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Drawline
This movie could as easily been titled "TRUST" or possibly "Do mothers really lie to their sightless children?" Hugo W. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jf
Proof is about the need for trust between people which is based on truth, but there is likelihood of lies and half-truths. Read morePublished 15 months ago by technoguy
This review is an excerpt from my book “Killer B’s: The 237 Best Movies On Video You’ve (Probably) Never Seen,” which is available as an ebook on Amazon. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D. Scott Apel
It was wonderful to go back in time before these two actors were so famous in the states and watch their talent shine even then. Absolutely wonderful, touching filmPublished on July 6, 2014 by lee