The Setting

Tuscany, 1971. A lively 10 year old loses his sight in an accident and is forced to attend a special school for the blind. Mirco refuses to accept his limitation and tries to defy his teacher in every possible way.

Teaching Perspective

Reframing is a perspective which gives the individual more possibilities of choice. Its roots can be found in NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and aims at widening a person’s point of view.

Usually people move from a “problem frame”, in other words they approach the problem saying: “I don’t think I have the same passion for my job…”, “I can’t do this…” etc. The objective of “reframing” is to pass from a problem “frame” to a “solution” or “result”.

In the scene, Mirco is a blind boy who starts off with a “problem frame”. He refuses to accept his handicap and continues to repeat: “I can see”.

The teacher, by applying reframing, rather than contradicting his point of view, moves his attention to other senses: “I know you can see… (one of the requirements of this technique is to copy the feelings of the other speaker) …I can see too, but that’s not enough for me! …When you see a flower, don’t you get the urge to inhale its fragrance, to smell it? ..Or the snow… when the snow falls, don’t you just feel like stepping on it? Everything so white. Don’t you want to touch it? Don’t you want to see it melt in your hands?”

In the meanwhile, the teacher has moved Mirco’s focus onto other senses and continues: when great musicians play: they close their eyes, do you know why? To hear the music more intensely, because in that way the music transforms, it becomes bigger, the notes more intense, as if the music was a physical sensation. You have five senses, Mirko. Why do you want to use just one? In following his objective, the teacher does not put the belief of the child into question, but simply broadens his horizons so that he uses his other senses too.

This scene offers an excellent example of multisensorial communication.





Buy the film

Buy the recommended book

"Red Like the Sky" A film by Cristiano Bortone. Starring Luca Capriotti, Paolo Sassanelli, Marco Cocci, Simone Colombari, Rosanna Gentili. Italy 2005

"Changing Belief Systems with NLP" by Robert Dilts


  1. Samantha says:

    There’s a wonderful blog where also parents can reflect. Thank you

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