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3rd July, 2016
Elisabeth Moss in Queen of Earth

Notes on Blindness; Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, Selected, no cert, Rating: ****

Following the sudden death of her artist father and the break-up of a long-term relationship, Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) seeks some solace in an extended stay at the beautiful lakeside home of her childhood friend Virginia (Katherine Waterson).

Catherine needs the break. The very first time we see her face, it fills the screen in anguished smears of mascara. “I...

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