Open Your EyesDirector: Alejandro Amenábar
The line between dreams and reality become increasingly blurred after a womanizing playboy is nearly killed by a jilted lover in Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar's masterful sophomore effort Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). It would seem as if Cesar (Eduardo Noriega) has it all. Handsome, charming, and with money to burn, he can get any girl he wants, and usually does so on a nightly basis. Following a birthday party in which he chats up Sofia (Penelope Cruz), the date of his best friend Pelayo (Fele Martinez), Cesar is plunged headfirst into a nightmare world when jealous former lover Nuria (Najwa Nimri) swallows a handful of pills and sends her car careening into a cement wall with the terrified playboy as her hapless passenger. With his formerly strikingly handsome face now twisted into a hideous mass of scarred flesh, Cesar's ugly emotions are now externalized for all to see. Pining for a plastic-surgery miracle to return him to his former glory so that he can seek out Sofia and take a chance at real love, he is pleasantly surprised when the doctors make a breakthrough and Sofia accepts him back into her life. Although all seems perfect for the moment, the formerly soulless player finds that this is only the beginning of his increasingly disturbing journey. Why is Sofia changing appearance and turning into Nuria periodically? And why won't the police and his psychiatrist believe Cesar's desperate attempts to rationalize a world that is growing increasingly surreal? Could it have something to do with a doctor Cesar has seen on television who keeps appearing and attempting to help him out of his nightmare? Peeling away at the layers of his subconscious, Cesar begins to realize that reality is no more than a state of mind, and that in order to get his life back he may be forced to take unthinkable measures.
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- Live / Artisan
Cast & Crew
|Gérard Barray||Man on TV|
|Alejandro Amenábar||Director,Score Composer|
|Fernando Bovaira||Executive Producer|
|Wolfgang Burmann||Art Director|
|José Luis Cuerda||Executive Producer|
|Maria Elena de Rojas||Editor|
|Goldstein & Steinberg||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Mariano Marin||Score Composer|
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If you liked VANILLA SKY, you will love ABRE LOS OJOS. The stories are virtually indentical but although the cinematography in VANILLA SKY is much more appreciated, the acting in ABRE LOS OJOS is far more commendable. What makes this DVD great is the ability to watch the movie with or without the English subtitles. Understanding the Spanish can be difficult at times, especially for those of us who do not hear Spanish Spanish frequently. In any case, this is a great movie.
Watching this movie was the most wonderfull experience I have ever had. The person who wrote the script is (in my opinion)the closest to the point of life!Film has a big message and it's very strong. I have to mention also the actors who are a full hit! Eduardo and Penelope are so beautiful!Thank You on this adventure!
Abre Los Ojos was a good movie. I enjoyed it but I appreciated Vanilla Sky much more. They had virtually the same script in different languages but Eduardo was much better than Tom. If you saw Vanilla Sky you sont have to see this movie. It was really a waste of two hours to see the same thing again.
Abre los Ojos is perhaps the best movie I have ever seen. Vanilla Sky is simply a second-rate ripoff. The acting here is superb and the director doesn't do things to give away the story half-way through the movie like Crowe did in the American version of the film. The only wise decision Crowe made was to recast Cruz in the same role she played in the original film. She should have turned him down though. Why mess with success.
Be still and have a lover in your arms when you see Abres los Ojos. Can't read? Try Vanilla Sky. Abres los Ojos needs to be seen BEFORE Vanilla Sky. Props to the remake but High Honors to the original.
I saw the movie Vanilla Sky first before seeing this movie, but it was a good move. Abre los ojos was the better version, but i cant understand spanish that well. The movie Vanilla sky is my favorite, but abre los ojos is right next to Vanilla Sky in my ratings! Abre Los Ojos is a great movie to watch for inspiration (ideas for making movies or writing stories), and entertainment!