Rolling Stone - 04/16/1992
"...A provocative and touching meditation on trust..."
New York Times - 03/20/1992
"...Moorhouse has just the right acid wit....[The cast has] been very well chosen..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1991
"...A very impressive first film..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/17/1992
"...A pleasantly twisted little picture that has the kind of off-center impact money can't buy. A sharp and self-confident debut..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/15/1992
"...Moorhouse has a way of putting all the pieces into place for a scene so that it pays off in ways we could not anticipate..."
New York Observer -
"Electrifying! "One of the most joyous movie experiences in years."
Total Film - 11/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "The cast measures up nicely, not least Crowe, whose matey charm dishes unaffected proof of his early promise."
This diabolically clever debut feature from writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse swept the Australian Film Institute's 1991 annual awards. A blind photographer, his sexually frustrated housekeeper, and his only friend form an erotic and psychological triangle in this dry black comedy. Martin (Hugo Weaving) is a blind man who takes photographs as proof that the world he hears and touches is the same one that other people see. He lives as a quiet recluse, settled into a strict regiment with almost no contact with the outside world except for weekly visits from Celia (Geneviève Picot), his housekeeper. Celia is deeply in love with Martin and routinely attempts to seduce him, while he continuously rebuffs her advances. One day Martin befriends Andy (Russell Crowe), a dishwasher at a local Italian restaurant. Andy and Martin become close, and Martin asks Andy to describe his photos. He trusts Andy to tell the truth, and Andy becomes Martin's eyes, detailing the world around him. However, Celia's obsession with Martin becomes dangerous, and she plans to seduce Andy in an attempt to lure Martin back to her. When Martin catches Celia and Andy in their lie, he is left with the disturbing realization that Celia is out of control. However, this knowledge is also a catalyst for change, enabling him to free himself from Celia and move forward in his life. Weaving delivers a quiet and contemplative performance full of a rich and imaginative inner life, supported by Crowe, who is charismatic and charming in this early role.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Multi-layered and intensely original, this is the widely-acclaimed story of a blind man whose deeply rooted mistrust of humanity prompts him to compulsively take photographs that document his world. The only problem is, he's got to get somebody to describe his pictures to him. And when there's no one you can trust, it's hard to find someone on whom you can rely.
Martin is a reclusive blind man who takes photographs as proof that he interacts with the same world as everyone else. He befriends Andy, a local dishwasher, and has him describe the photos. However, Martin's trust is shattered when his obsessive housekeeper seduces Andy and traps him into lying to Martin.
Black Comedy |
Character Study |
Theatrical release: August 15, 1991.
Shot on location in Melbourne, Australia.
PROOF won six awards at the 1991 Australian Film Institute awards ceremony, including Best Director (Jocelyn Moorhouse), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Hugo Weaving), and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Russell Crowe).
Jocelyn Moorhouse is married to fellow Australian writer-director P.J. Hogan.
Russell Crowe would go on to become an international star following his lead roles in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, THE INSIDER, and GLADIATOR. He also starred in the similarly titled PROOF OF LIFE in 2000.
Hugo Weaving would later become well-known for his role as Agent Smith in THE MATRIX.