The moment when the bandages are removed all but cries out to be filmed. A blind man can see, and still he's trapped in a formulaic studio plot. I have days I like to sit down and watch a non-violent good plot story to enjoy for hours. He helps Amy hear and sense the world, giving her new spirit and a burst of creativity. Virgil knows his way everywhere in town, knows how many steps to take, is friendly with everybody. He's disoriented and must learn to process these new images.
But the conventions of studio movies require false melodrama to be injected at every possible juncture, and so the movie manufactures a phony and unconvincing breakup, and throws in Virgil's long-lost father, whose presence is profoundly unnecessary for any reason other than to motivate scenes of soap opera psychology. Advertisement If the movie had trusted the fascination of this scene, it might have really gone somewhere. Certainly the material would speak for itself, if the screenplay would let it: Every single plot point is carefully recited and explained in the dialogue, lest we miss the significance. When the two of them take shelter from the rain, he is able to sense the space around him by the sound of the rain outside. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. But to have sight suddenly thrust upon you can be a dismaying experience.
Can love survive, will he find his new place and his old tranquillity, can Amy accommodate limits? It is just a good movie I wanted to have in my collection. Unfortunately, its moments of fascination and its good performances are mired in the morass of romance and melodrama that surrounds it. Under treatment by a brilliant doctor , the disease goes into remission, and the man, who had not been able to speak or move for years, regains normal abilities. Seeing a movie like this, you wonder why the director, , didn't have more faith in the intelligence of his audience. The material deserves more than a disease-of-the-week docudrama simplicity. She cries as the tension drains from her.
Over the sister's objections, Amy takes Virgil to New York for new, radical surgery. Babies take months or years to develop mind-eye-hand coordination; here is an adult blind person expected to unlearn everything he knows and learn it again, differently. This is one of those. The woman, Amy, is a New York architect. She steers him to a doctor whose surgical techniques may be able to restore his sight. This is a true love drama with Nathan Lane providing laughs counseling visual therapy. I couldn't watch it without the sound being disrupted and lines running through the tape.
All stars emotional vulnerability teach the audience learning love matters in art, architecture, education, parenting, massage and trees. Later, she hires a massage therapist, who turns out to be the same person, a blind man named Virgil Kilmer. Storyline: At First Sight 1999 First Sight is true to the title from start to finish. Virgil has everything he needs. He even falls a little in love. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. .
The moment he touches her, she knows he is not a soap dish. A driven Manhattan architect, Amy, relaxes at a resort and falls for the masseur, Virgil, blind since age 3 and assisted by his spinster sister. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. Both films have similar arcs: A handicapped person is freed of the condition that traps him, is able to live a more normal life for a time, and then faces the possibility that the bars will slam shut again. I am able to see it several times and stop and start it at my leisure. Advertisement The movie is best when it pays close attention to the details of blindness and realities of the relationship. Finding his place in a seeing world strains his relation with Amy; his absent father wants to connect with him now that he can see; then, retinal disease threatens to undo the surgery.
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