Victor’s Moments

Victor’s Moments …     Victor alone

The unassuming Victor is an integral part of the trio of boyhood friends. His gentle demeanor is a comforting presence, and we see that in the film. We see him enter from the side of the frame to sit quietly. He could be missed, so unobtrusive is he, but he is there, almost in the shadows, providing a strength on which they can rely. His friends called him Counsellor, Father Confessor, the one with whom you could share your secrets and concerns.

Victor exhibits signs of a youthful crush on Vera, smiling shyly from the sidelines. And though there are glimpses of him in several earlier scenes, the scene in the hospital is the most screen time we have of the two together.

At the hospital we see the results of Colin’s study at the Blind Institute. His observations taken from that visit inform his character decisions as the newly blinded Victor.

Victor’s unfocused stare … the unbandaged eye wanders, unable to fix on its objective. The rapid blinking, the angle of his head. His reaching out to touch Vera, first finding her shoulder to guide his hand, trembling fingers finding her face, unsure of her reaction, beautiful moments, though sad … and heartbreaking.   His determination to make the best of what has happened gives us brief hope.

In the end, his gallant refusal to allow Vera to spend her life tending him tells us a great deal about Victor’s strength of character, as well as his understanding of Vera’s nature … her basic need to follow her own dreams. It is a loving thing he does, perceptive and kind.

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4 comments on “Victor’s Moments

  1. leahluna55 says:

    Suntse, Thank you so much for such a sensitive description of Victor’s Moments! Your writing is lovely, as always. ❤ ❤
    I also read the other review and I'm not disappointed. I've always figured that this film would have a lot of Alicia (and not Colin), she is the central character, she is Vera… it's completely logical.
    For me is important that no matter how small or large the role Colin represents he will always come out great! because of his talent, commitment and dedication.
    If we look at his career we can see that Colin is climbing with sure steps, firm steps, leaving traces in people and writing his own story on rock not on sand "that could be erased by the wind".
    Last year, he had secondary roles, brilliantly performed regardless of whether they were small. We could consider these as the intermediate steps to reach a higher level in his career. Colin has always said that he not only chooses roles according to the script but also to what the character does to him. With each new character he increases and polishes his acting skills and grows as a human being.
    This year we will see him in different main roles .. wonderful for him! …. wonderful for us! … and the moment will come, the moment when others will recognize his talent, will fall under his charm and will love him as we do. All these I believe. 🙂
    (My dear friends, I apologize for mistakes in my writing in English). 😉

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  2. Leah, I treasure this description you have given us of Colin’s slow, deliberate climb … “sure steps, firm steps, leaving traces in people and writing his own story on rock not on sand that could be erased by the wind.”

    So beautifully and honestly expressed. The thoughts hover over and around us, leaving their impression, sounding truly. Though not audible to our ear, they are surely embraced in our hearts. ❤

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  3. leahluna55 says:

    Forgot to say that you’ve chosen one of my favorite photos from Toy. Colin’s smile is priceless and his hands…

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