Cast: Anders W Berthelsen, Jodhi May, Peter Mullan, Phyllida Law, Samantha Bond
FILM FESTIVALS: Raindance Film Festival 2004, Winner Jury Award Celtic Film and TV Festival, Winner Silver Screen Award US Film and TV Festival
Peter Mullan’s hard-bitten performance as a bitter blind man swells up threateningly to engulf the adulterous lover’s understated yet intense romance story in this bleak thriller of doubt and mistrust.
Rachel is downtrodden, emotionally stifled wife of the brutal Francis, but she finds a way out of Francis’ desperate grasp when the charming yet enigmatic Mike arrives seeking work at the farm. Mike is himself running from a guilty past back in Holland but he finds in Rachel’s simple humility in the face of hostility a reason to stay even if that same hostility will drive him to murder. However, once Francis has been dumped along with the rest of the farm’s rusty machinery, Rachel and Mike will not be able to rest quietly or love in peace until their crime can be unnoticed. This in itself will turn out to carry a heavy price for Mike, one that leaves the audience and Rachel wondering whether her new lover will in fact be any less dangerous than her husband.
The story is a darker version of a Chaucerian cuckolding tale and grey tones of the photography together with the subdued and uncluttered sets only serve to offset the passion with which anger, lust and fear are constantly striving to burst from each of the characters
“With it’s isolated, timeless setting, stylistic elegance and narrative urgency, Eleanor Yule’s impressively intense and stunningly shot Scottish-set drama recalls both Roman Polanski’s claustrophobic thrillers and Ingmar Bergman’s bleak portraits of relationship disintegration. Peter Mullen is typically strong as an embittered blind man who rules his timid young wife and devoted mother with an iron rod – until an outsider upends all their cloistered certainties.”
Hannah McGill, THE HERALD
“In Blinded, Scottish director Eleanor Yule uses Peter Mullan’s ferocious screen presence to her advantage by letting the aura of discomfort he creates bleed into every scene of her impressive debut effort…Yule creates a wonderfully gothic atmosphere here and tight scripting and a strong cast ensure that the film never falters as it works towards it’s dark conclusion.”
“Performance of the week. Johdi May is impressive in Blinded. This underrated British actress finally gets a chance to show her true talent.”
“A Gothic tale brewed with Zola-style realism and brought to life by a strong cast that sustains a heightened level of simmering emotions.”
“Blinded has audiences glued to their seats’ The Scottish Sun‘a cess-pit of lust murder and betrayal!”
“One of the cutting-edge movies of the moment”