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Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013)

Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 31 October 2013 (Spain)
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In Spain in 1966, an English teacher picks up two hitchhikers on his quest to meet John Lennon.

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David Trueba

Writer:

David Trueba
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Cámara ... Antonio
Natalia de Molina ... Belén
Francesc Colomer ... Juanjo
Ramon Fontserè Ramon Fontserè ... Ramón
Rogelio Fernández Rogelio Fernández ... Bruno
Jorge Sanz ... Padre
Ariadna Gil ... Madre
Violeta Rodríguez Violeta Rodríguez ... Julia
Léo Rodríguez Léo Rodríguez ... Javi
Tristán Rodríguez Tristán Rodríguez ... Jesús
Olivia Trueba Olivia Trueba ... Maribel
Catalina Sagredo Catalina Sagredo ... Bebé
Joaquín Fernández Joaquín Fernández ... Clase Colegio
Sasha Di Bendetto Sasha Di Bendetto ... Clase Colegio
Rodrigo Pascual Rodrigo Pascual ... Clase Colegio
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Spain, 1966, a high-school English/Latin teacher, Antonio, drives to Almeria in hopes of meeting his hero, John Lennon. Along the way, Antonio picks up two runaways. The movie title, Living is Easy With Eyes Closed, comes from a line in Lennon's song Strawberry Fields Forever which he wrote while filming How I Won the War in Almeria. Written by af_by94

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Comedy | Drama

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Official submission of Spain to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. See more »

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Maria Concetta is highly unlikely a name for someone living in post war Rimini. See more »

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Features El padre Manolo (1967) See more »

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Cámara tender in this charming quirky film
9 November 2013 | by af_by94See all my reviews

This charming, quirky film written and directed by David Trueba seems tailor-made for Javier Cámara who delivers a tender performance. (Viewers will remember Cámara's role as Simon in the wonderful film The Silent Life of Words.) Here Cámara plays Antonio, a high school English and Latin teacher, on a quest to meet John Lennon. Lennon is briefly in Almeria (south-eastern Spain; preferred location for Spaghetti Westerns). The movie title, Living is Easy With Eyes Closed is a line from Strawberry Fields Forever which Lennon wrote while in Almeria. En route to the coast, the optimistic and playful Antonio first picks up Belen and later Juan Jo, both runaways. At the final destination, the trio soon meet Ramon, a bar owner, and his disabled son Bruno. The story's themes, among others, are kindness, friendship, determination, dignity, bullying and revenge. To me the movie title is ironic since Antonio doesn't go through life with his eyes closed; he sees and understands everything. There are gaps in the film: after a theater scene why is Belen driving while Antonio appears drunk? Yet, the brutal face slapping and ear pulling are true of these times under Franco's regime. Watch this film, it's worth it.


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Country:

Spain

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

31 October 2013 (Spain) See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,600, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$11,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,075,169
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1.85 : 1
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