The Sensation of Sight

One of the many wonderful things about the Ashland Independent

Film Festival is that one often has the opportunity to meet the

filmmakers or get the chance to hear them make post-film

commentaries and answer questions from the audience.  At the

opening gala reception last Thursday night, I had the opportunity

to converse with Aaron Wiederspahn, writer and director of THE

SENSATION OF SIGHT.   He told me about his influences in Eastern

European film, so I was eager to see his film.


The film was stylistically very different than most American films,

very slow and contemplative.  The eight or ten characters in the

film were very well developed;  the movie was a literary success,

helped along by some excellent performances of the actors/actresses.

They struggle with their burdens in different ways, burdens which

are only alluded to.   Brilliantly, the character’s lives are interwoven.

The filmmaker rewards the patience of the viewers by revealing

specifically what those burdens are and explaining some of the

whys that whirl around in their minds.   At the same time, there are

some questions and connections which are left unanswered, leaving

room for the viewer to fill in the blanks.


Besides the narrative enjoyableness of the film, there is some

very beautiful cinematography, especially the black-and-white

sequences which refer to the past.    The film’s music is also

very effective.  (I was especially pleased to hear some Modest

Mouse in an important scene in a bar near the end of the movie.)

This choreography of elements makes me give this film four

stars out of five.   I look forward to more films from Wiederspahn.



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I moved here in May after 32 years on the Arkansas/ Oklahoma border. I love this town and already feel quite at home here. There is an amazing vibration here, to which I am happily contributing. I am a tournament Scrabble player, so I was quite pleased to find a couple of other tourneygoers here, forming the core of an official Scrabble club that meets Sundays at the Heartsong Chai Hut.

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