Engrossing, beautifully crafted docu "Blind Loves" features four non-sighted subjects repping a range of age and experience.

Engrossing, beautifully crafted docu “Blind Loves” features four non-sighted subjects repping a range of age and experience. They demonstrate and discuss their passions and anxieties while managing independent lives. First feature-length title from Slovak helmer Juraj Lehotsky boasts loads of low-key visual humor in its witty production design. Some charming moments play like Georges Melies crossed with Jan Svankmajer. Touching yet totally unsentimental pic has already scored domestic distribution. A quality find for specialist webs and niche arthouse, it will screen at additional prestige fests in coming months.

First and longest episode intros Peter, a middle-aged music teacher, and his serene, sweater-knitting wife, and includes delightful, surreal animation. Second follows confident Marko, a member of Romany minority, and his difficult romance with timid, partially sighted Monika. Third concentrates on capable housewife Elena who practices bathing and changing a doll while confiding her hopes and fears about impending motherhood. Rounding out the package is pretty, text message-addicted teen Zuzana who longs for her first real relationship. Artful compositions, strong sound design and music provide further links between the segs. Tech credits are top notch and trim running time just right.

Blind Loves

Production

An Artileria production. (International sales: Autlook, Vienna.) Produced by Marko Skop, Frantisek Krahenbiel, Juraj Chlpik, Juraj Lehotsky. Executive producers, Romana Vargova, Lukas Bonk. Directed by Juraj Lehotsky. Screenplay, Lehotsky, Marek Lescak.

Crew

Camera (color), Juraj Chlpik; editor, Frantisek Krahenbiel; sound (Dolby SR), Marian Gregorovic, Krahenbiel. Reviewed at the Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight), May 17, 2008. Original title: Slepe lasky. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Peter Kolesar, Iveta Koprdova, Miro Daniel, Monika Brabcova, Zuzana Pohankova, Marko, Elena, Laco, Gabika.

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