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Take My Eyes (2003)

Te doy mis ojos (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 10 October 2003 (Spain)
One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...

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Icíar Bollaín

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laia Marull ... Pilar
Luis Tosar ... Antonio
Candela Peña ... Ana
Rosa Maria Sardà ... Aurora
Kiti Mánver ... Rosa (as Kiti Manver)
Sergi Calleja Sergi Calleja ... Terapeuta
David Mooney David Mooney ... John (as Dave Mooney)
Nicolás Fernández Luna Nicolás Fernández Luna ... Juan
Elisabet Gelabert ... Lola
Elena Irureta Elena Irureta ... Carmen
Chus Gutiérrez ... Raquel
Antonio de la Torre
Aitor Merino
Francesc Garrido
Javier Batanero
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Storyline

One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Donde dice hogar se lee infierno. Donde dice amor hay dolor. (Where it reads 'home' read 'hell'. Where it reads 'love' there is pain)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Dajem ti svoje oči See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€342,881 (Spain), 12 October 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,440, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,578, 11 June 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolás Fernández Luna, who played the son of the leading couple, is the real life son of co-writer Alicia Lun. See more »

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Farewell To Gibraltar
Canción popular escocesa
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Honest and powerful
10 June 2007 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

This movie takes a brutally honest approach at the tragic reality of spousal abuse. This topic has been addressed before, but this movie deals with the subject matter better than any other I can recall seeing.

An effective performance by Luis Tosar, as the abusive husband Antonio, develops the layers of emotions in this imposing and frightening character in an effort to understand why this violence is occurring. While certainly not presenting an advocate's position to defend his cruel and vicious behavior, the film also resists the temptation of exploiting the volatile outbreaks. The film shows degrading speech and physical battery to the wife, while not going overboard with bloody, gory attack just for their own sake. He attends support groups to discuss with a psychologist and other abusers the root causes of the action, and makes a sincere effort to change his ways. Gradually, the motivations for his irrational action, although becoming clearly understood, are still properly advanced as totally unacceptable.

Laia Marull, as the abused wife, is not stereotyped, either. She is shown as an intelligent and capable person, making an honest effort to confront the situation, while struggling with the conflict of somehow preserving the marriage. There are many artistic metaphors about the passion of their marriage reflecting the very problem they are dealing with. I also like the wife's museum tour presentations, where she is clearly talking not only of the paintings, but of her own aspirations. Both of the principals are splendid in their roles, especially in their interaction with one another.

Much could be written of the rich double-layered symbolism of several other scenes. Suffice it to say this is a beautifully done movie with an ending, that in all its simplicity, took me by surprise. It was the proper ending, too, I think, for reasons you will understand when you see the movie. Definitely worth viewing.


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