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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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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,600, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,600, 29 June 2014
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A movie with big heart. A joy to watch.
20 October 2014 | by MissPorterSee all my reviews

Living is easy with eyes closed.

Living is also easy when you view the world through rose coloured glasses. And whether you're the type to feel nostalgic about things before they even happen or not, this film takes you on a glorious sepia toned journey to Almeria in the late 1960s. And then makes you wish you were there.

The film follows the plight of the affable, portly protagonist, Antonio and his dream to meet his hero, John Lennon. You see, Antonio is not just a devoted Beatles fan, he's also a devoted English teacher with the patience of a saint, using The Beatle's lyrics (hot off the press) to give meaning in his classes. And there are many other saintly and religious themes throughout the film which are especially confronting for the pregnant teenager, Belen, one of the two runaways Antonio picks up en route to Almeria. The other is Juanjo, an almost debilitatingly introverted, artistic youth struggling to please his stern father. This unlikely trio find the 'help' they need in the form of one another.

The film perfectly balances moments of melancholy and joy, which is essentially life at its core. And there are nods to Truffaut (I won't give them away). Spain in the 1960's was not all free love and liberation. With the threat of the cold war looming and Spain under the tyrannic rule of the Franco regime, this seemingly light-hearted tale is set against the backdrop of a fairly weighty political climate. But don't think this stands in the way of our characters having some eye watering laughs along the way.

For younger and/or attention deficit viewers there may be parts of the film which feel a little slow, but this is the genius of the pacing. It is a quaint story about little people with big heart, and most importantly the pacing adds to the sense of time and place - an ambling coastal town.

A lovely seaside romp with some fairly lovable characters, 'Living is easy with eyes closed' was a joy to watch. An ode to the underdog and the outsider, sure it was 'feel good' but what's so bad about that? And for the record, I would consider marrying Antonio, balding and all. That man has a heart of gold.


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