An affluent woman who was born blind finds love with a farmer who too is blind but does not view his disability as a problem in going about his daily life.
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Originally bought because the director and its leading actor were involved in “I Can Make You Love Me”, a television movie which is simply one of the finest to date that has been released on the small-screen, this movie as well as the former was based on true events. Although some might find this love-conquers-all story a bit too sickly, I did not see myself belonging to this camp as I found this storyline quite endearing.
Jean (Gish) is stuck between two worlds. One world is of luxury where every request is made so. The other is of discrimination at the hands of her parents who see her as a pathetic excuse for a human being because she cannot see. After receiving a letter from a friend of a friend, she learns of Gordon (Thomas) and his life of working the land. Although he has help in the form of a Native American, he generally gets by and leads a pretty “normal” life. After accepting an invitation to marry and live with Gordon on his farm, Jean is apprehensive at first due to her living this completely different life. But, will she ever learn to cope with this new lifestyle?
The director is always someone I have forecasted for bigger and better things in Hollywood and here is a prime example of his craft. Directors often feel the urge to intrude in the scene, letting their ego swell over the acting we see on the screen by using too many edits or sweeping pans when not necessary. But here, Switzer allows the action to flow rather well that it makes the film a very pleasing site to see. This reviewer suspects that Thomas is fond of Switzer due to their three (and counting) collaborations. But, when a film as good as this is the product of their relationship, who the hell cares?
A cracker of a film which American audiences would call “swell” but not being from the former colonies I cannot say it is so but “damn fine example of a classic” sure is a sublime summary of this movie.