Blind Loves Review
Slovakian director Juraj Lehotsky’s 2008 film Blind Loves (Slepé lásky) is one of those documentary features that really do show you the world in a new light and, remarkably, it does so through the eyes of four people who can’t even see it.
Peter is a blind music teacher at an elementary school for blind children, who creates a world of his own through sounds and the impressions of listening to music; Miro is a blind Roma Gypsy for whom there is nothing in the world but Monika, his partially sighted girlfriend, but their relationship inevitably is somewhat unconventional and not without its troubles; Elena is giving birth to a child she will never see and can barely imagine how a child will change her life; Zuzana is a young teenager who wants to be in love – shy and unsure of her place in the world, she searches for love in cyberspace, but how will she know when love is real?
What is exceptional about how Blind Loves deals with its subject is in the manner in which it blends reality and imagination, blurring the lines between documentary and narrative in a manner similar to Eric Khoo’s Be With Me, its separate threads presenting a number of diverse perspectives that add up to an extraordinary way of viewing things most people simply take for granted. Superbly photographed, capturing some surprisingly intimate and tender moments and including one delightful fantasy sequence, the impression the films gives is that, restricted to what we can see directly before our eyes, our view of the world is comparatively limited to the depth and richness of a blind person’s experience.
The Disc: The presentation of releases from ICA Films continue to improve by leaps and bound, at least in as far as the actual presentation of the film. On a single-layer Region 2 encoded disc, Blind Loves is given a lovely anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer with a clear image, fine colouration and good fluidity of movement. There are no artefacts or flaws evident anywhere in the transfer. The audio track is a strong, clear Dolby Digital 2.0. Subtitles however are fixed on the transfer and not removable. There are no extra features.