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The film begins normally enough by introducing us to César (played by Eduardo Noriega), a wealthy man with popularity and good looks tucked under his sleeve. He's got a best friend, Pelayo (Fele Martínez), who takes pleasure in chiding him about his involvement with the persistent Nuria (Najwa Nimri), who simply won't take no for an answer when it appears that César has lost interest in her. His birthday party marks the start of a new relationship with the lovely and high-spirited Sofia (Penélope Cruz), yet his reservations about moving too fast with her further infuriate Nuria, who offers him a ride back to his apartment the following morning only to run the both of them down a hillside into a wall.
The accident leaves Nuria dead and César badly injured, with facial scars untreatable by his physicians, who try to convince him of the risks involved in attempting to return his face to its former state. His disfigurement is a burden to him, as well as to Sofia and Pelayo, who find discomfort not in his looks, but in his downtrodden attitude and outlook on his future.Read more ›
The DVD has a small, four page commentary on the film and its meaning, or at least the meaning that Amenabar intended. I found that interesting, as well as the short cast biographies/filmographies. I was very impressed with Cruz(again) and Noriega, and plan to see more films starring them.
Cruz fans should check out the wonderful romantic comedy Twice Upon a Yesterday and the delightful Woman on Top as well.
I highly recommended this film. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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I read many reviews that claimed it to be the much superior film to Vanilla Sky so maybe I had higher expectations but while everyone has a right to their opinion it might be... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nicholas Dsiple
This is the original movie and script that later inspired the Tom Cruise ego-blast "Vanilla Sky" which is a dimly-conceived rip-off. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this original Spanish version of "Open Your Eyes" a lot better than the American remake "Vanilla Sky. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
It sucked. Don't waste your time. Not funny, not intelligent, confusing, nightmarish and no real plot!Published 1 month ago by Jacob
Wow. Watched vanilla sky first and found this so much more compellingPublished 2 months ago by SRB25
Just a really good thriller even if a bit dated. It is the original from which Vanilla Sky was made, and better than VS. Me gustó mucho.Published 2 months ago by WKSwanson
Purchased to contrast with Vanilla Sky. Fun seeing Penelope Cruz play the role twice and to compare the two performances and approach taken by the directors. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ArJay
When I read some of the other reviews, they made it sound like this movie was worlds better than Vanilla Sky, the Tom Cruise version. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chester Dow III
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