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Cactus (1986)

PG | | Drama, Romance | April 1987 (USA)
A woman who injured her eyes in car accident and a young blind man fall for each other. Is sight the only way to see the world?

Director:

Paul Cox
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Colo
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Robert
Norman Kaye ... Tom
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Bea
Banula Marika Banula Marika ... Banduk
Sheila Florance ... Martha
Peter Aanensen Peter Aanensen ... George
Julia Blake ... Club Speaker
Lionel Kowal Lionel Kowal ... Eye Specialist
Jean-Pierre Mignon Jean-Pierre Mignon ... Jean-Francois
Elsa Davis Elsa Davis ... Elsa
Ray Marshall Ray Marshall ... Kevin
Maurie Fields ... Maurie
Sean Scully Sean Scully ... Doctor
Dawn Klingberg Dawn Klingberg ... Pedestrian
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A woman who injured her eyes in car accident and a young blind man fall for each other. Is sight the only way to see the world?

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kaktus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of seven film collaborations of actress Julia Blake and writer-director Paul Cox. They are [in order]: 'Lonely Hearts' (1982), 'Man of Flowers' (1983), 'My First Wife' (1984), 'The Paper Boy' episode of 'Winners' (1985), 'Cactus' (1986), 'Innocence' (2000), and 'Human Touch' (2004). During the 1980s, Blake appeared in a Cox film every year for five straight consecutive years between 1982 and 1986. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Journey with Paul Cox (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

To Kariofili Mana mou (The Gun my Mother)
Written by Yannis Markopoulos (music) and Manos Eleftheriou (lyrics)
Under licensed from EMI Greece
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Remarkable
9 January 2005 | by howie73See all my reviews

Paul Cox triumphed again with this unsentimental yet heartfelt story of blindness. What is most remarkable about the film is its refusal to sentimentalize the effect of blindness on its protagonist. A typical Hollywood treatment of the subject probably would have been too sentimental and melodramatic. Here, Cox evokes subtlety and nuance to display a myriad of emotions. It's very much a human film with a true sense of cinema. The breathtakingly static panoramic opening is the most cinematic you will ever witness, demanding the viewer's participation in equating film with art. Huppert gives her usual quality performance, aided by the familiar Australian cast Cox so often uses for his films.


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