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Review: In ‘All I See Is You,’ Sight Is Restored and a Marriage Rocked

By: nytimes.com 4 months ago
Review: In ‘All I See Is You,’ Sight Is Restored and a Marriage Rocked

This psychodrama from Marc Forster stars Blake Lively and Jason Clarke as a seemingly happy married couple.

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All I See Is You  is halfway through before something resembling a plot kicks in, and even then this limp, shape-shifting psychodrama proves unable to sell it with anything approaching coherence.

Yet the director, Marc Forster (who wrote the script with Sean Conway), fashions such a languid, tipsy aesthetic around the seemingly happy marriage of Gina and James (Blake Lively and Jason Clarke) that it s easy to keep watching. Legally blind since childhood, Gina rarely leaves their home in Bangkok, relying almost entirely on the attentive James. But when a cornea transplant restores vision to one eye, Gina discovers that her life is not quite as she imagined.

Nor is she. New erotic interests surface during a trip to Spain, where the hypersexualized marriage of her sister and brother-in-law nudges the film into seamier territory and prompts a change in Gina s appearance. As James becomes increasingly destabilized by his wife s transformation, the movie seems keen to linger over what can happen to a relationship when a previously dependent partner gains agency.

Instead, we re hastened toward a nonsensical, almost illegible ending that lays waste to all this careful mood-setting. Ms. Lively is well cast, gracefully patrolling the boundary of her limited range, with Mr. Clarke less steady in the more amorphous role of someone who seems a bit off from the outset. And though the milky visual disruptions that signal Gina s initially blurry view of the world are overdone, there s something seductive about her journey that cries out for a filmmaker like Nicolas Roeg. In his hands, the haze of sex and danger that surrounds these two might have been revealed as more than just a tease.

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