Canadian Women Film Directors Database
home search browse about contact français

Quick search by surname

Low Visibility

Directed by Patricia Gruben
Canada, 1984 (fiction, 99 minutes, colour / black and white, English)

Film Description:
"Low Visibility finds a man wandering alone on a snowy mountain roadside, waving his arms and shouting at the sky. The enigmatic Mr. Bones, an apparent amnesiac, is unable or unwilling to explain what has happened to him."
-- Festival of Festivals (source)

Film Description [in French] :
"Low Visibility, c'est l'histoire d'un homme trouvé vociférant et gesticulant, au bord d'une route, un jour de tempête. L'homme semble avoir perdu la mémoire et la raison. Il est donc transporté à l'hôpital où les médecins, la police et les médias s'intéressent à lui. Alors que toute communication parlée semble impossible, les hypothèses vont bon train."
-- Denyse Therrien (source)


Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Patricia Gruben
Produced by: Patricia Gruben, Tom Braidwood
Principal Cast: Larry Lillo, David Petersen, Penelope Stella, Bob Metcalfe, Jerry Wasserman, Sue Astley, Brenda Robins, Marc Diamond, Jon Bryden, Jack King, Kim Seary, Nettie Wild
Cinematography: Paul Mitchnick, Kirk Tougas
Film Editing: Patricia Gruben
Music: Martin Gotfrit
Production Company: Noema Ltd.
(sources)

Notes about Low Visibility

(sources)

Quote about Low Visibility

"Taken to a Vancouver hospital, this nameless man (Larry Lillo) appears amnesiac and unable to speak except in explosive profanities. The combined will and technologies and methods of reporters, police and various doctors fail to uncover his story. The more casual and irreverent nurses, who nickname him Mr. Bones, and a psychic called in to channel events, have more success. Low Visibility is certainly about cerebral concerns that [Patricia] Gruben has developed in all her films—the importance of context and geography specifically in acting upon and defining self, the dubious efficacy of language, the pervasive and oppressive nature of media, and the scant possibilities for contact."
-- Nancy Keefe Rhodes (source)

Bibliography for Low Visibility

Brief Sections of Books

Newspaper or Magazine Articles


home search browse about contact français