I had the chance to see The Sensation of Sightwhen it played the New Hampshire Film Festival last month in Portsmouth, NH where it won the award for Best Feature Film. We don't get a lot of films shot here in the Granite State, particularly ones with relatively high profile stars like David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Goodnight and Good Luck) and Ian Somerhalder (probably best known for his work on ABC's Lost) so there's been some local buzz about this one ever since it wrapped production a few years back.
The tagline on the poster is "When life becomes a second language..." The film's promotional materials describe Strathairn's character Fin as undergoing a mid-life crisis, but he's better described as a man who has been crippled by despair. Fin is a high school teacher who, in the wake of a tragedy involving a student for which he feels responsible, leaves his wife and son and moves into a boarding house. He spends his days walking around his small picturesque New England town, pulling a Radio Flyer wagon that carries the encyclopedias he tries to sell to the townspeople. "I didn't know they did that anymore," remarks one character about Fin's new vocation. "I don't think they do," he replies. More importantly, he only appears to have the one set of books (whose origin becomes important late in the film) and the whole process seems to be a sad desperate attempt to give meaning to a life he no longer understands..