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Open Your Eyes (1997)

Abre los ojos (original title)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Noriega ... César
Penélope Cruz ... Sofía
Chete Lera ... Antonio
Fele Martínez ... Pelayo
Najwa Nimri ... Nuria
Gérard Barray ... Duvernois
Jorge de Juan Jorge de Juan ... Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela Miguel Palenzuela ... Commisario
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Médico Jefe
Ion Gabella Ion Gabella ... Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadiñanos Joserra Cadiñanos ... Guardia
Tristán Ulloa ... Camarero
Pepe Navarro Pepe Navarro ... Presentador T.V.
Jaro Jaro ... Médico 1
Walter Prieto Walter Prieto ... Médico 2
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A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. Written by Mark Barrancos

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calle Gran Via, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Alejandro Amenábar: with other two people in the bathroom of the disco, when César goes there. He is the last one that gets out. See more »

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A crew member is reflected in the car window when César picks up Pelayo for tennis. See more »

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Nuria: Do you believe in god?
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Referenced in Angela's Eyes: Open Your Eyes (2006) See more »

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Just great entertainment from beginning to end
26 July 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

Although the plot is confusing at times, a second viewing helps to untangle the convoluted story about dreams and reality. Most of the time we are not sure if what we are watching is really happening or whether it is a profoundly disturbing nightmare. Cesar (Edouardo Noriega) whose head is badly fractured in a high speed car crash quite understandably has blurred recollections of events involving his good buddy Pelayo and his girl friends Sofia and Nuria. As his doctor explains: In dreams characters are often substituted, one for the other.

There is much I like about this film. First of all I like the script. The dialogue between Sofia and Cesar at first meeting and afterwards is so natural, so believable. The four main characters are absolutely charming and have a rapport between each other that is rarely seen in films. This is either good casting or good acting, or maybe a bit of both. As the story unfolds we are completely absorbed. This is true entertainment on the highest level. O.K. we may not be fully cognisant of what is happening at times, but we glue ourselves to the screen expecting that an explanation will come in due course.

There are some chilling lines e.g. Just before Nuria steps on the accelerator: "Do you believe in God?"

There are some mysterious questions put to Cesar e.g. "Who is Eli? You called out 'Eli...Eli' while you were dreaming. Is she a girl?" No such person. What then? The mystery deepens.

There is quality photography in the film. The rain in the park. And before that the reflections of foliage flashing in the car windows with glimpses of tense faces.

The make-up team too does a great job On Cesar's handsome face. What a transformation!

On top of all this we get a lesson on cryonics and the possibility of immortality. What more do you want for your money?

Take it from me. This is a film you must see.


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