At First Sight

Published September 21, 2010

At First Sight

Film info

  • Title At First Sight
  • Director Irwin Winkler
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 2hrs 1m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline Science gave him sight, she gave him vision

Blind since childhood, Virgil Adamson is working as a masseur in an upstate New York spa when he meets and falls in love with Amy Benic, a stressed-out, career-driven architect. Certain that Virgil's simple world will be greatly enhanced by an operation to restore his sight, Amy ultimately realises that Virgil's new vision puts a fresh focus on both their lives.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:51 I like people that struggle to take vacation. Why is it so bad to enjoy your work?
5:07 Oh god. Massage is so freakishly uncomfortable.
5:35 He doesn’t have a table with a hole in it for her face.
9:11 She’s thanking him for making her cry.
10:08 Why is he getting on the school bus?
14:18 “I was describing you to my dog.” Nice chat up line!
16:29 All this snow. This film is making me cold.
21:07 He lost his sight between one and three, I’m impressed he can remember seeing anything.
27:30 She was married to Duncan?
28:46 A tax return is a valid reason to cry.
31:03 You can ice skate without ice skates?
34:01 Playboy in Braille! That is very cool.
36:31 Fake search engine alert.
38:54 I would wait until I knew Virgil a bit better before trying to “fix him.”
41:07 “I prefer to think of it as not winning.”
45:52 That’s the thing, isn’t it? What have you got to lose? But it’s all about getting your hopes up and having them dashed.
49:12 Do not show too much eye operation please.
51:12 They might have told him about the camera crew beforehand.
53:25 Surely it takes a while to adjust, and also even if that was all he could see, wouldn’t that be more than ever before?
55:29 Were they expecting him just to be fixed? The guy has never been able to see.
57:04 I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to see yourself for the first time.
1:04:25 That’s Nathan Lane!
1:08:11 At least in New York you can go around bumping into things, and no one will notice.
1:09:53 Blimey, he’d have to learn to read and everything.
1:12:56 “It’s a lobster!” “People eat this?”
1:18:45 He might not understand her look, but he must be able to recognise her tone.
1:26:03 Surely no one has Mack the Knife as their song.
1:32:06 It only takes five weeks??
1:33:37 They are ice skating again. I need to watch a film set in Hawaii next. Brr.
1:41:35 Don’t lie to her, don’t lie to her.
1:44:10 It was candyfloss all along!
1:48:39 She was pushing for him to be able to see right from the start, so I can see his point.
1:53:49 I wish it would rain now. I want to listen.


I had never heard of this film, but the iPlayer offered it up. I thought it was going to be a really soppy and sentimental one, so I don’t even know why I decided to give it a go, but in the end, I was at a loose end.

It certainly wasn’t the film I was expecting, because it whilst a romance, there was so much underlying tension and story that it wasn’t just about them. I couldn’t quite understand the motives behind the woman… I’ve forgotten her name already. There’s also the fact that the film made me feel cold throughout. I wouldn’t watch it again, but it was an okay way to spend two hours.

Rating: 3 / 5

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