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Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)1999

Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos) (1999)



Critic Consensus: Director Alejandro Amenábar tackles some heady issues with finesse and clarity in Open Your Eyes, a gripping exploration of existentialism and the human spirit.

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In this Spanish-French-Italian co-production, a man deserts women after sleeping with them just once, a lifestyle that becomes his ultimate downfall. Finally he decides to stay with one woman, but reality and fantasy become blurred at the climax of the film.

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Chete Lera
as Antonio
Gerard Barray
as Duvernois
Jorge de Juan
as Encargado L.E.
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Critic Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (15)

Even if the script (written by the director and Mateo Gil) and direction are patchy, the obsessive theme is gripping.

June 8, 2007

This is so smart, mischievous and stylish, you'll instantly want to see it again.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If you're the type who doesn't mind jigsaw puzzles unassembling themselves as you assemble them, if you enjoy enigmas and don't need explanations, the film just might work for you.

July 21, 2005

Amenábar's virtuoso style and connection to the youth audience, both of which are resented by the Spanish film establishment, make him a plausible model outside Spain for a European cinema that bridges the gap between arthouse and mainstream.

December 2, 2002 | Full Review…

For adventurous filmgoers, though, this Spanish import offers something off the beaten path and a chance to play the coffee-shop game: Could This Screenplay Be Saved?

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

One of the most thought-provoking thrillers of recent years, a film that really does challenge its audience's expectations and suppositions at every turn.

January 22, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

Amenábar follows his intelligent debut Thesis with this equally smart, well-written and nicely-acted psychothriller that takes a simple premise and shapes it into something so puzzling that we can't see where reality ends and illusion begins - and the strong ending is more than earned.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Open Your Eyes is a mischievous and confusing fantasy playing with reality. Leading and puzzling, The Hollywood remake Vanilla Sky in 2001 can only dream on imitating the subtle approach to the idea in the original Open Your Eyes. An eye-opener.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

This is definately a film one should watch with the American version. Seeing Cruz act in the same script as a different character is very rare. Being able to view the same scenes done with different cinematography is also interesting. The movie is strange and sorrowful in any language.

Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer

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