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As I Open My Eyes (2015)

À peine j'ouvre les yeux (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Music | 23 December 2015 (France)
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A few months before the revolution in Tunisia, 18 year-old Farah has a passion for life and sings in a political rock band. Her mother, knowing the dangers of Tunisia, wants her to pursue a career as a doctor.


Leyla Bouzid
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Baya Medhaffer ... Farah
Ghalia Benali Ghalia Benali ... Hayet
Montassar Ayari Montassar Ayari ... Borhène
Lassaad Jamoussi Lassaad Jamoussi ... Mahmoud
Aymen Omrani ... Ali
Deena Abdelwahed Deena Abdelwahed ... Inès
Youssef Soltana Youssef Soltana ... Ska - le batteur
Marwen Soltana Marwen Soltana ... Sami
Najoua Mathouthi Najoua Mathouthi ... Ahlem
Younes Ferhi Younes Ferhi ... Moncef
Fethi Akkari Fethi Akkari ... Ighal - le poète du bar (as Fathi Akkeri)
Salwa Mohamed Ali Salwa Mohamed Ali ... Hamida (as Saloua Mohamed)
Kais Klaia Kais Klaia ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Touafik Hammami Touafik Hammami ... Le gardien
Wajdi Cherif Wajdi Cherif ... Le dragueur


Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn't think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well. Written by Carthage Film Festival

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Drama | Music


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Arabic | French

Release Date:

23 December 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As I Open My Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunis, Tunisia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,189, 11 September 2016

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a scene when Farah talks with her father in a restaurant in the background we can see Nouri Bouzid who is the father of Layla Bouzid and he is also a famous director in Tunisia. See more »


Touir Ellil (Bird Of The Night / Oiseau de nuit)
Music by Khyam Allami
Lyrics By Ghassen Amami
Performed by Joujima (Montassar Ayari (oud), Deena Abdelwahed (keys & electronics), Marwen Soltana (bass) and Youssef Soltana (drums), Baya Medhaffer (vocals), and Deena Abdelwahed (backing vocals))
(p) & © 2016 Nawa Recordings
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Passionately made movie
18 April 2017 | by Sachin_ChavanSee all my reviews

Another passionately made movie on Mubi. It's the story of the teenaged rock singer who cries for freedom through her music, of the youth rebelling against a totalitarian regime, of a once firebrand mother who is torn between love and care for her daughter, and a country seeking self-determination in the build up towards the Arab spring. The lyrics and music are impactful and the acting, especially from the main two actresses, moving. Such movies help one acquaint with the world culture, and become a bit more human in the process.

'As I Open My Eyes' by Leyla Bouzid.

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