Written and directed by Andrzej Jakimowski, Imagine is the story of Ian (Edward Hogg), a charming and confident man who happens to be blind. Ian walks without a cane, using his other abilities to imagine the world around him. In fact, he walks around so easily that people have a hard time believing he is even blind. Ian finds work in an institute for the blind, helping the students learn the techniques that he uses to function in the world. Also living in the institute is Eva (Alexandra Maria Lara), a woman who desperately wants to live without using a cane to walk. Ian takes her out into the streets of the city, opening up a brand new world for her, but is Ian always being truthful about that world around them when Eva can’t see it for herself?
Imagine is a film that challenges viewers to use something other than sight to enjoy it. To capture the feeling of blindness, the camera will frequently avoid what a character is talking about. When Ian explains the surroundings to everybody at the institute, we’re only shown the faces of those around him. We must trust his word as much as the students he’s teaching. This makes listening to the film as important as watching it, and one may wonder what it would be like to watch the film with their eyes closed.
Edward Hogg is fantastic in the role of Ian. Instantly charming, we’re drawn to him, believing everything he says and wanting to defend him whenever someone questions his ability to walk without a cane. This is truly a film that you experience, with laughter, tears, and pure wonder.
Is Imagine Essential TIFF Viewing?
This one is worth the wait in a rush line just for the different way viewers will experience the film. The outstanding performance of Edward Hogg and the positive, inspiring message that the film carries are the icing on the cake.
Imagine Screening Times
- Monday, September 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 3
- Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 4
- Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm at Jackman Hall (AGO)
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