Open Your Eyes (1997)

Dir. Alejandro Amenabar
7/10

I would recommend this to everyone–especially Joel and Penny–and I would also recommend just seeing this without reading anything else. The film is well-made (good direction), interesting and held my attention throughout. Penelope Cruz is in it, too. (On a side note. Cruz is obviously beautiful, but she really has the “it” quality; magical beauty. I saw some qualities of Audrey Hepburn in her: the magical beauty, and innocence. But there are other qualities that make them different, too.) It’s a good film, but I don’t know if it deserves being in the 1001 book.

**
Summarizing the film without giving too much away is pretty difficult, but I”ll try for those who need more than my recommendations. Cesar (Eduardo Noreiga) is a wealthy womanizer, who we find in a hospital for the mentally ill. He’s put there for several reasons: he’s severely damaged, both physically and psychologically, and he’s killed someone. But Cesar cant’ remember what happened and struggles to figure out what happened with the help of Antonio (Chete Lera), a psychiatrist. There are several movies I can compare this, too, but that would be giving away more than I would like. There’s also an American remake of this film, which I haven’t seen.

***
This is a well-directed movie. It keeps your attention and there are some nice constructions of dream sequences. There are several films that I thought of after seeing this. Seconds because of both films’ interest in critiquing the value placed on physical appearance; Matrix for the questioning of nature of reality, partly a new reality offered by new technology; Jacob’s Ladder and Mullholland Drive because of the way the story occurs within a dream narrative.

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