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Blind Sun (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 20 April 2016 (France)
Greece. Sometime in the near future. A seaside resort struck by a heavy heat wave. Water is rare and violence is mounting. Ashraf, a solitary immigrant, is looking after a villa while its ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ziad Bakri ... Ashraf
Mimi Denissi ... Katerina
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Gilles
Yannis Stankoglou ... Le policier
Laurène Brun ... Alice
Gwendoline Hamon ... Elisabeth
Yiorgos Gallos ... Le prêtre
Theodoros Kandiliotis ... Le deuxième policier (as Thodoris Kandiliotis)
Andreas Marianos ... Le berger
Sarah Krebs ... La chanteuse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrian Dannatt Adrian Dannatt ... Drunk Gentleman
Vangelis Papatzanakis ... Police Officer
Giorgos Siolas Giorgos Siolas ... Drunk Gentleman
James Velaise ... Drunk Gentleman
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Greece. Sometime in the near future. A seaside resort struck by a heavy heat wave. Water is rare and violence is mounting. Ashraf, a solitary immigrant, is looking after a villa while its owners are away. On a dusty road crushed by the sun, he is stopped by a police officer for an identity check.

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Horror | Mystery

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France | Greece

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French | Greek | English

Release Date:

20 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Heatwave See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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26 April 2016 | by gimosele-08408See all my reviews

Blind sun is as close to a thriller as Wong Kar Wai's "2046" to a sci-fi movie (which it is, but hey!). It is surely 'old school', if only for the high quality. To me, Blind Sun is all about the sun- sterilized atmosphere. The settings are unsettling: useless luxury that becomes a burden. I felt the space capsule isolation. Think of The Shining, Alien or even more the Cube. None of the horror, though. The angst comes from the urge to return over and over to a hostile chamber (to survive or to be doomed?). The sun is hostile, water is a dangerous precious (everything but purifying), the secondary characters seem to have all a dual nature: mundane and symbolic, walking antonomasias of who they are. From universal, to stereotyped, to grotesque. They may as well exist without a given name. In this visually amazing picture I found the pace very different from the cinematography I am getting used to lately. Here the film plays in 1970 terms, like an early Peter Weir or a gore-less Fulci (a hint of the latter accidentally suggested by an occasional hairdo). Every frame is deliberately beautiful, but it is a bitter beauty, the sort you experience smelling wild herbs. To take it in, you will breath deeply and then you might find yourself totally into the story like a compassionate but helpless passerby, or the opposite, obliviously distanced from the scene like this sun. This sun is a fierce star and this Earth is a planet with a toxic atmosphere and with an impossiblé gravity; returning to the infested capsule really seems the only way to buy time. A past hardship that is not even hinted at is immediately inferred, and makes the unthinkable almost tolerable.


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