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      The Sensation of Sight

      R Released Jul 4, 2008 2h 14m Drama List
      50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 58% Audience Score 250+ Ratings An English teacher sells encyclopedias while he searches for the meaning of life. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 04 Buy Now

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      Critics Reviews

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      Ruth McCann Village Voice It(TM)s moving, occasionally charming, and universally well-acted...But with its pretensions to profundity...the film, like its hero, can get stuck inside its own head. Aug 27, 2008 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post At 134 angst-filled minutes, The Sensation of Sight might tax your patience, but there are rewards for the persistent. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 22, 2008 Full Review Nathan Lee New York Times The really oppressive thing here is the filmmaking itself. Rated: 2/5 Aug 22, 2008 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher [I]t's a terrible pity that this ensemble drama about people hurting and coping in small-town America is so relentlessly dull... Sep 2, 2008 Full Review Prairie Miller NewsBlaze David Strathairn's Finn is the nearly broken, perplexed, downcast, and also oddly humorous Chaplinesque figure, whose own transformative experienced 'sensation of sight' imparts a tentative metaphorical healing vision of a restored life. Aug 20, 2008 Full Review Adam Clement Boxoffice Magazine The impression that remains after the credits roll, however, is of exemplary American filmmaking, whose direction and superb performances make up for a solemn script. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 18, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Frank T You get the gist right from the beginning. The movie is the journey, not the end result. A bit slow, but the pace is expected. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/28/23 Full Review Audience Member A quiet ensemble drama about coping with loss. Several different storylines weave and intersect as they briefly cross paths. Now I like 'em low key, but there are times when the piano Is barely in the room. The moments when it does click, there is a great deal of poignancy to be found. Well acted and subtley directed, just a bit of a test on the patience with a longer than needed running time. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member quirky quiet little movie about some small town folks, two characters were kinda like jay & silent bob. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The Sensation of Sight was a moody film that reminded this viewer of a really good lasagna. Several layers of ingredients come together in a complex melding that yields one delicious dish! David Strathairn plays Finn, the English teacher who seems to have retired from his life in order to make sense of what was a senseless tragedy because of the enormous guilt he carries around. Revolving around him is a marvelous cast of characters who are all struggling with finding a vital connection with other damaged souls. The way the story unfolds kept the viewer engaged, even when some of the characters proved to be quite annoying. Of special note, Elisabeth Waterston (daughter of Sam) is terrific as the young woman caught between her stubborn, grieving father and her ne'r-do-well brother and who tries to bridge the gap between them with little success. Jane Adams brings such raw emotional fragility to her character that one just aches for her. Even the two young kids who are integral to the story prove to be equal to their task. The location scenery, in and around Peterborough, NH lend an authenticity to the film, and provide a lovely backdrop to the story. But ultimately, it is the story, its utter simplicity and genuine exploration of complex human emotions that will keep the viewer engaged. First time writer-director, Aaron Wiederspahn, has crafted one beautiful film with real people showing real emotions and dealing with real issues of life and death and guilt. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I wanted to like this movie more than I did. The foundation was there for a strong, character-driven plot, but it seemed to only scratch the surface. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An English teacher sells encyclopedias while he searches for the meaning of life.
      Aaron J. Wiederspahn
      Buzz McLaughlin
      Aaron J. Wiederspahn
      Monterey Media
      Production Co
      either/or films
      R (Some Language)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 4, 2008, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 25, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      2h 14m
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