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Blind: Major Films  
TitleAfraid of the Dark (1992)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityBlind
CountryUK/France
Length92
GenreThriller
Rating2
DirectorMark Peploe
CastJames Fox Fanny Ardant Paul McGann Clare Holman Robert Stephens Susan Wooldridge Ben Keyworth
NotesPsycho thriller in which victims are blind women seen from point of view of eleven year old boy whose mother is blind. Through a twist in the plot we learn that the boy himself has problems with his sight. This is a film which plays with the ways in which we perceive reality. We observe a beautiful French actress staring into distance. She uses a white stick and her son to get about. We note that her husband is a policeman. That morning she goes to clinic which is full of blind people. We only very briefly see these others. Then we meet Rose a beautiful and younger blind woman who is engaged to a blind man. The French woman's son who has accompanied her leaves and follows another blind woman who is wearing odd shoes. This woman becomes another in a series of blind women being slashed by a razor wielding attacker. When later Rose poses for soft porn photos the boy who has got out of bed saves her from being slashed by sticking a knitting needle in the photographer's eye. At this point we get a little bit of explanation. It seems that the boy's mother is pregnant and he doesn't want the new baby. Rose turns out to be his sister. The boy needs new glasses because he is losing his sight. Without his glasses he sees blind people everywhere.. That is , they're only blind when he takes off his glasses. But later he runs off with the new baby and even wearing his glasses he sees everyone as blind. It then transpires he is in an operating theatre and everything we've seen before have been his delusions. By this point you may be completely delusional yourself. A good cast is thrown away in what might have been an interesting engagement with what it means to becoming visually impaired.

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