Oogverblindend

  • 85'
  • Netherlands
  • 2009
The film has a daring minimal point of departure: a woman on the phone. That's it. You don't see who she's talking to. It takes a lot to maintain interest throughout the length of a film with that. Cyrus Frisch has a solid reputation when it comes to taking risks. So maybe it's not so unusual for him to take the challenge. More striking is that he entrusted this tour de force for an actress to Georgina Verbaan, who made her name in Holland through popular soap series and a lifestyle that is primarily of interest to the tabloids. But Frisch's faith in Verbaan is paid back in a moving and fragile presentation.
These self-imposed limitations of the film forced the film maker to visual virtuosity. The unity of place and action demanded a very creative translation into film.
At the other end of the phone is an Argentine doctor, voiced by the famous Rutger Hauer. A voice that is not only convincing, but also introduces decades-old Dutch and American film history into the film.
It is, by the way, certainly no lighthearted chat on the phone. The great suffering of humanity and the world is tackled. The woman can no longer face all that suffering and tries to talk her way out of it in a conversation with a stranger. And these great actors even succeed in making it bearable. (GjZ)


Director
Cyrus Frisch
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
85'
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
International title
Dazzle
Language
English
Producer
Cyrus Frisch
Production Company
Stichting Filmkracht
Sales
Stichting Filmkracht
Screenplay
Cyrus Frisch
Cinematography
Cyrus Frisch
Editor
Cyrus Frisch
Music
Jan Kooper
Cast
Georgina Verbaan, Rutger Hauer
Local Distributor
De Filmfreak