Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
USA, 1999. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Steve Levitt, based on the story To See And Not See by Oliver Sacks. Cinematography by John Seale. Produced by Rob Cowan, Irwin Winkler. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Jane Musky. Costume Design by John Dunn. Film Editing by Julie Monroe.
Intense drama about Mira Sorvino meeting blind massage therapist Val Kilmer at a resort and falling in love with him. Finding out about a new miracle eye operation, Sorvino convinces Kilmer to try it out and sure enough his eyesight is restored, but not necessarily with lasting effects. Now the question is raised: did she love him for who he was when he was blind, or can she only accept him when he needs her?
It’s all done with maturity and some grace, thanks mostly to Sorvino’s lovely performance, but it’s also pretty sappy and a bit too desperate to be a tearjerker. Kilmer is trying to convince us it’s all about the acting by buffing up his muscles and colouring his hair to play blind, and Kelly McGillis has a wonderful supporting role as his overprotective sister who just can’t bear to see him disappointed by another miracle cure again. Features great music by Diana Krall.