Synopsis: Set in Lisbon, Portugal at an institute for the blind where children are taught to live with their disability, to not take risks, and to be comfortable at all times. Ian a non-conformist teacher who is also blind is hired at the school and introduces revolutionary methods: Rejecting the use of a cane, Ian teaches the children to achieve spatial orientation by using all of their senses including moving by the resonance of sound vibrations (echolocation), instinct, and the creative use of their imagination. Confident and even slightly over-aggressive, Ian charms the children and gives them a reason to hope, though they are always testing and questioning him to prove that he is one of them and never seem quite convinced of his sincerity. Ian's sessions take place right under the window of Eva (Alexandra Maria Lara), an adult patient who never leaves her room and does not speak to anybody. Surprisingly, she becomes one of his most responsive students and there is even a hint of romance. Th
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Andrzej Jakimowski
  4 wins & 9 nominations.
105 min

Did you knock?

No, I didn't.

But I did think about it.

And why you didn't?

There was nobody to open.

I was in the cellar.

How did you know?

Do you prefer good company

or the nice view?

I've got the free room upstairs,

next to the Fra's Hubert.

This is really nice monk, really nice.

But there's a view on the wall.

Or this room.

Beautiful view on the yard,

but there's nobody to talk to.

Young foregn girl from next door...

never goes out and never talks with anybody.

The Professor can't see nobody now.

The Professor doesn't receive the patients now.

Let's go to my place.

Can I meet the Professor?

No, it's impossible for now.

I'm sorry.

No, please, understand me. Later.

I had doubts,

if you can handle the situation here.

But dr Barredo commended you much.

Why did you leave his clinic?

Dr Barredo retired.

and his successor wasn't really keen on

accepting my methods of work.

We will try to be convinced by you.

But you are not allowed to teach

the depth perception on your own.

This is due to the safety of the patients.

Do you understand me?

Yes, I do.

Can we come closer?

Why would you like to come closer?

To touch you.

Or smell you.

Yes, to smell.

To smell!

We can smell him!

You can smell.

But stay where you are.

From the distance we can only

recognise that you've been smoking.

And what could you say when being closer?

If you smoke cigarettes or rather a pipe?

Is it worth standing up

just to get to know it?

And without standing up

what else can you tell?

Without standing up? From this place?

You can stand up, if you want.

Somebody's walking on the yard.

A man or a woman?

To my mind it's a woman.


She's wearing high-heels.

A man can also have heels like that.

The cuban heels.

Like in the 60. or 70.

the disco dancers.

Somebody else?

I think it's a woman.

Because woman's steps are stronger.

I would say it's a man.

Sometimes men can have

stronger steps.

It's a woman.

Yes, it's a woman.

I think so, too.

Because of the shoes?

Is she young or old?


And what is she doing?

Sweeping the yard.

The young lady smokes shoddy cigarettes

and coughts like a lunger?

Can you imagine her?

She has finished.

She got ashamed.

But we can still hear her heels!

Who will go to see what she's doing?


Are your hands clean?


Go then.

Without my cane?

Why should you use your cane?

You could hurt her ankle with it.

Watch out!

Did you hurt yourself?

Without the finger in the glass...

...I think I won't make it.




Was it easy or hard?


It's hard. It's very hard.

You're shooing the sparrows.

One comes...

This is some kind of strange bird.

I thought it was a sparrow.

Why a sparrow?

Because it's jumping on both legs.

The others walk like people:

left, right...

This one is much too big for a sparrow.

What do you give them?

The seeds.

What kind of seeds?

Sunflower seeds.

Didn't you know

that the birds like them?

She calls the cat.

She gives him some milk.

And now she goes inside.

She went back to the larder.

And the yardman watches the yard.

How do you know he does?

Because he's smoking.

I can smell the cigarette smell.

Maybe he's sitting?

Yes, it's possible.

Something else?

No. No.

You've missed the cat.

He has passed by just in front

of your noses.

Which cat?

How can you hear the cat?

He would have to bump on something.

You can smell it.

Nobody can smell a cat.

You're inventing it.

You all have smelled it.

You've smelled it with the dog's nose.

You've just missed the dog's barking.

He's probably inventing it. Sure, he does!

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Andrzej Jakimowski

Andrzej Jakimowski (born August 17, 1963 in Warsaw) is a Polish film director, writer and producer, best known for directing the films Squint Your Eyes (Polish: Zmruz oczy) and Tricks (Polish: Sztuczki). more…

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