7.2/10
92
1 user 5 critic

The Blind Owl (1987)

La chouette aveugle (original title)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

The Blind Owl (1975)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The uncle of the young narrator enters his house unexpectedly. In order to offer him some refreshments, he goes to bring a bottle of wine. Through the crevice of the wall which happens to ... See full summary »

Director: Kiumars Derambakhsh
Stars: Parviz Fanizadeh, Farshid Farshood, Novin Ghiasi
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A baroque mix of revolutionary politics, pop culture and semiotics loosely based on the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. A young prince learns that life is just a dream from which we ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Sylvain Thirolle, Roch Leibovici, Bénédicte Sire
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A drama centered on an office worker on the verge of retirement who begins to relive both real and imagined memories.

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Christian Vadim, Sergio Hernández, Santiago Figueroa
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At her son's funeral, Solange, a lawyer famous for losing hopeless cases, agrees to defend René, her son's age, accused of murdering his wealthy aunt, Jeanne, who's part of the ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Melvil Poupaud
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film revolves around the concept of soap opera. Its structure is based on the assumption that Chilean reality does not exist, but rather is an ensemble of soap operas.

Directors: Raoul Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento
Stars: Luis Alarcón, Patricia Rivadeneira, Francisco Reyes
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An absurdist odyssey through downtown Manhattan with a sweet old serial killer, a student-cum-critic-cum-musician and assorted international bohemians.

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Michael Kirby, Federico Muchnik, Brett Alexander
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Jean Rougeul, Chantal Paley, Jean Raynaud
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A parody of anthropology, linguistics, and cultural imperialism. The film follows an unlikely team of linguists into the wilds of an ersatz Patagonia to study the last speakers of a dying ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Jean Badin, Fernando Bordeu, Herbert Curiel
The Territory (1981)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A small group of well-to-do vacationers go on a hiking trip into the woods. Foolishly unprepared to deal with Mother Nature and their situation, they wander around lost for days and weeks, ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Geoffrey Carey, John Paul Getty III, Jeffrey Kime
Klimt (2006)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Stephen Dillane
The Blind Owl (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Reza Abdoh
Stars: Peter Jacobs, Tom Pearl, Tony Torn
The blind owl (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Bozorgmehr Rafia
Stars: Rena Alden, Chrisopher Rojac, Glenn Hornbroke
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-François Lapalus Jean-François Lapalus
Jessica Forde
Jean-Bernard Guillard Jean-Bernard Guillard ... Kasim
Jean-Marie Boëglin Jean-Marie Boëglin
Brigitte Coscas Brigitte Coscas
François Berthet François Berthet
Jean Mallamaci Jean Mallamaci
Ilma De witte Ilma De witte
Alain Rimoux Alain Rimoux
Alain Halle-Halle Alain Halle-Halle
Camila Mora-Scheihing Camila Mora-Scheihing ... (as Camilia Mora)
Patrick Kabakdjian Patrick Kabakdjian
Patrick Verschueren Patrick Verschueren
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

French | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blind Owl See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

About fictions and seeing
25 June 2011 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

As I finish off my first chapter in the cinema of Ruiz and about to move on to the 90's, Blind Owl serves as the encapsulation of what he stood for at the time. Not as inviting as previous films, perhaps more opaque, more difficult to navigate. So not a fiction film but about fiction, immortal stories without particular author or answer, that always seem to begin by their narrator with "I heard a story..", about stories as the window into the imaginative mind, about dream realities as the strange canvas where these imaginations unfold.

The preface here is about a projectionist going to work in a cinema playing Arab movies; to which the audience is seemingly indifferent, watching blind like owls. One of these movies he plays serves as his window into the imaginative world, once he becomes intoxicated by the allure of a woman dancing on screen. What is her mystery, why doesn't she return his gaze (meaning she avoids it)? Other stories are piled on this. Something about a pious Muslim man looking for his uncles, one dead the other crazy, and for someone whom Allah deemed more pious than he. At this point the movie switches to subtitled Arab and Spanish and becomes a whimsical myth. Another story is about twin brothers in Grenada (later Cordoba) who fall in love with twin girls, a way by which the two think they can become one. This part exudes the lush, exotic scent of a Hollywood melodrama about Salome.

Of course these stories seep back into the theater, where the awestruck projectionist is marveling by the sides at their flickering mystery. But there is the problem of the pastiche; when anything can happen in a film, nothing matters very much. Some of what we have here is lost in the overall smörgåsbord of images and moods, there is too much. I don't know then if it takes immense discipline or going with the flow, but Ruiz comes up with some crude gems in all this.

So we get a butcher in a marketplace holding up a cow's eye, proclaiming it his god. So this is the highest principle available to us, seeing (not interpreting). Various fantasies governed by unspeakable desires, the pursuit of wild chimeras and ineffable loves, more importantly the desire to be made whole again, we see in the film where the mind leads us, how it obscures the true picture from us.

This is the function of fiction then in the world of Ruiz. Maps, stories, dream fantasies, alluring stratagems all about the artificial worlds we create in the mind, the stories we make up and inhabit so that we may avoid the real one (which may appear mundane, but only because we're looking to avoid it).


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed