The Ticket

The Ticket

DVD - 2016
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After James, a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements - a nicer home, a higher-paying job, tailored suits, luxury car - leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife and close friend Bob. As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM TIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches.


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Jun 28, 2019

Watch it if you just like looking at Dan Stevens. I ended up ffwding through it. Spoiler: Not sure that the take away is from this story ... blind people are less likely to participate in infidelity?

Feb 03, 2018

It starts in almost total darkness with dynamic, sometimes nebulous, and prism-like qualities of dispersed wavelengths that appear to originate from spots of unfocused, diffused light, or references to light, which moves around as James (Dan Stevens) scans his surroundings; it's accompanied by a simple and radial musical score, staggered breaths as his vision begins to clarify to reveal more and more of his surroundings, a kind of miracle that occurs within the first 5 minutes of the film. This story is written by Ido Fluk and Sharon Mashihi, and directed by Ido Fluk, and unfortunately, not much is written about either online when I searched; the miracle is kind of spot-on in many ways because as the story unfolds, the intensity continues to build, the dialogue and interactions are fluid, jagged, devastating, effortless, even frightening in its weaving of the story [exhale], and, something else happens that makes this film, story, and experience different, in the likes of films like Baumbach's 'The Squid and the Whale,' Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain,' Denzel Washington's 'Fences,' and Cuaron's 'Y Tu Mama Tambien,' and yet different somehow. Unfortunately, it's difficult to discuss this film without giving something away, and it deserves an unadulterated and undistracted viewing, at least for its initial viewing; I did find myself holding my breath at certain parts of the film, deserved credit to the strength of the cast, crew, and storyline. Notable scenes are the different applications of James' gratitude prayer, the dance scenes, and the sometimes slashing conversations with Bob (Oliver Platt), James' confidant, particularly at the cafe, ugh, among so many others; so often, we hear that the loss of one sense heightens the sensitivity of the others, and this film will provide you a perspective into their realm. And if you want to stay with the themes of the film, I would say, skip the bonus commentary where they talk about the technical details for another time, however, it's probably beneficial, even essential viewing for aspiring filmmakers. An arresting conclusion. Shhhh, shhhhhh.

Jan 08, 2018

Well acted. Reminded me of the 1960ies movie Charlie with Clare Bloom.

Dec 21, 2017

The way this movie starts I thought I don't think I'm going to like this one. In fact, it was so boring I fell into sleep. This on top of too much snow cleaning in the neighborhood helping others I guess. gave up on it as a big waste of time.

Oct 05, 2017

I love Dan Stevens as an actor - that is why I checked this DVD out. Very disappointed in the plot line. His acting was amazing as usual but I hated the story line.

Sep 07, 2017

I almost didn't watch this because of the negative comments, but I am glad I did. It is not a great film, but is a nice little parable and I think a good comment on our contemporary cult of self-fulfillment. It is an independent film, but not what I would call art house. It's definitely not Hollywood.

Aug 12, 2017

Not nearly as interesting as I thought it would be or it could have been. Listen to the critics and skip this one.

Jul 28, 2017

I was very disappointed. All "artistic" movies need to have bad ending these days. For most of us movies are venues for escape, fantasy. Watching someone ruin their life is not fun, no matter how well acted. And it's one of those ending where you don't know what will become of the main character, leaves you hanging. At least they should see it through to an end.

Jul 22, 2017

Weird not what I thought it would be

Jul 05, 2017

an oky movie, not dissapointed that I spent time watching it but nothing special.


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Feb 04, 2018

A conversation at the cafe between James and Bob.

J: Listen, that story you told me, the ticket. I got a chance; I reached out and I got it.
B: You missed the point of the story.
J: Oh, did I?
B: Yeah, you never got a ticket; you had one handed to you. You had a ticket handed to you.
J: You're asking, why not me, huh?
B: Maybe I'm asking, what did I do to deserve it?

James studies Bob's face.
J: You're jealous. You, are, jealous.
B: You're being an asshole.
J: I'm human...Bob.

Bob hears James stirring in his seat, trying to remain restrained; Bob viscerally understands.
B: That's OK. I got it.

James pulls out his wallet and places cash bills on the table, and then stands up and gets ready to leave.
J: In case you didn't hear that, I just paid.
James storms out of the cafe.

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