See Elrond and Maximus in their early days in this engaging, intelligent, and unsentimental character study from Australia.Martin (Hugo Weaving), a smart and cynical young man, takes pictures of everything around him, building an ongoing sensory history of his life. The twist is that he doesn’t know what he’s shooting — he’s blind. He has to depend on others to describe his photos to him. Martin has grappled with distrust of sighted people since childhood, and he’s extremely possessive of his photos; they serve as “proof” of what his other senses tell him about the world.
Martin's housekeeper Celia (Genevieve Picot), a lonely, pinched-faced woman, wants to seduce him and feels insulted that he refuses to open up to her. With no other way to get his attention, she manipulates him. Fortunately, Martin meets sympathetic dishwasher Andy (Russell Crowe), who agrees to describe Martin’s photos and must fend off Celia when she sets her sights on him. An honest guy, Andy becomes Martin’s key to the universe — his “proof.”
Considering what the movie gets into — issues of intimacy, sensual perception (can any of us trust what we experience?), and the shifting nature of truth — it’s a little gem, a triumphant debut for writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse.The performances (especially Weaving’s) have a delicacy and a questing, intellectual drive absent from most movies.