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Open Your Eyes (1997)

Eduardo Noriega , Penélope Cruz , Alejandro Amenábar  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez, Najwa Nimri
  • Directors: Alejandro Amenábar
  • Writers: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Ana Amigo, Andrea Occhipinti, Fernando Bovaira, José Luis Cuerda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Artisan Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LZOD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Open Your Eyes" on IMDb

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Penelope Cruz, Gerard Barray, Eduardo Noriega. Alejando Amenbar's dizzying tale of a womanizer's ride home with an ex-lover that results in a crash, changing both of their lives. Remade by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky . In Spanish with English subtitles. 1997/color/117 min/R/widescreen.

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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Example of fine movie making out of Europe... March 28, 2003
By wadrad
Format:DVD
Outstanding film. Bought this DVD after seeing and enjoying Vanilla Sky. If you liked Vanilla Sky, it's pretty interesting to see Abre Los Ojos, the inspiration for it. In fact, I was surprised how closely the stories stuck together. Scene for scene they unfold in almost the exact same way (unlike some Hollyweed remakes of foreign flicks). To be honest, I like both movies a lot, and for slightly different reasons. Not sure why some folks slam the heck out of Vanilla Sky and praise this to pieces since they're so similar (quite a few foreign film snobs seem to lean that way--which I don't understand since almost half of my DVD collection is comprised of non-American productions). Abre Los Ojos did an awesome job crafting a story that was interesting and pulled the watcher in without a bunch of over-the-top special effects. One of its strengths is just the sheer way it pulls you in with the simplicity of executing a far-from-simple story. I do think Penelope Cruz' performance was stronger in this version. She adds a little more depth to her character, and it feels a little more fleshed out. Conversely I think the Nunia/Julie Gianni character (the spurned love interest in the story) is better executed by Cameron Diaz. She injects just enough of an eery quality into her character that puts you cautiously on edge. Najwa Nimri, the actress in Open Your Eyes, does the roll well, but with less dimension. Another noticeable difference is Noriega's `César' (the main character). In Abre Los Ojos, he comes across as more of a naďve victim of circumstance. Yes, he's callow and cocky, but not necessarily conniving. Cruise' character seems much more aware of his circumstances and bit more manipulative. Read more ›
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Increases emotion and suspense inch by careful inch. December 15, 2001
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Alejandro Amenabar's "Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos)" operates on the notion that dreams and reality walk hand-in-hand down the path of life. It deals with elements of psychological bliss and disturbance in ways reminiscent of Hitchcock and "The Twilight Zone," evoking a tone of constant underlying dread that remains in the mind long after the movie's earth-shattering climax. This isn't a thriller in the traditional sense, but its thought-provoking plot is a testament to Amenabar's superb storytelling capability.
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.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Abre Los Ojos"...Makes "Vanilla Sky" look very bland... November 29, 2002
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I saw "Abre Los Ojos" quite a while before I saw "Vanilla Sky," and to me it is far superior. Cameron Crowe's version of this dark and twisted dreamscape is so prettied up and sanitized that much of the impact of the story is lost--as is the case with many Americanized versions of foreign-language films. Eduardo Noriega is amazing (and beautiful)in "Abre Los Ojos," giving the character of Cesar a sense of darkness as well as vulnerability, not to mention the egocentricity of a spoiled child that is expected in the character--Tom Cruise, on the other hand, just seems like a movie star throughout his entire performance in "Vanilla Sky." Penelope Cruz's performance in this original version is much more believable...ironic, considering she and Cruise became a couple. The chemistry between Cruz and Noriega is much more palpable. The Madrid scenery is amazing, and there is a dreamlike quality to the film that comes from excellent cinematography and just plain good film-making...not Hollywood "magic". The characters are believable, and the ending is not as "sugar coated," so that it has an even bigger impact on the audience. Skip the Vanilla...and open your eyes.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruz shines as does Eduardo Noriega in Open Your Eyes January 24, 2002
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Anyone who saw Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky and loved it should really seek out this film, the original, "Open Your Eyes." Although less technically savvy and a lot quieter than Vanilla Sky (I actually missed Crowe's use of music), this Spanish language version is definetely worth seeing. Alejandro Amenabar's story is a highly complex psychological thriller, and the main leads couldn't be more watchable. Eduardo Noriega gives Tom Cruise a run for his money in this role (and vice versa, I thought the acting in Vanilla Sky was excellent). It was nice to see the original version of what is arguably one of the most interesting films to come out in the last couple of years. This film is destined to become a classic, like Vanilla Sky in its own right.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy sometimes does good things in helping
Fantasy sometimes does good things in helping.us to understand our world. This seems the case. Hiwever the director does not finish his tale in the best way he could.
Published 19 days ago by lennier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An amazing piece of filmmaking. A true marvelous achievement.
Published 1 month ago by A. Nat Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Incredible!
Published 1 month ago by Betty Rivera
3.0 out of 5 stars vanilla sky is better
I was about to watch Vanilla Sky, and since I like it so much, I was interested in some negative reviews. The most helpful critical reviews lead me to this.
It's not as good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sakeena
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream And Reality Happen At The Same Time
Open Your Eyes is a Spanish film that has its story between dreams and reality become increasingly blurred after a rich womanizer Cesar,who is nearly killed by a his lover on a car... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DESERTMAN40
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Eyes is a Foreign Film Masterpiece!
Open Your Eyes is an enigma wrapped up in an enigma wrapped in an enigma and on and on and on.....
Eduardo Noriega does a fantastic job in this foreign film about what is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Devils.Advocate666
2.0 out of 5 stars Only Partially Entertaining
The acting was sub par and the plot was confused.
I could have spent my time more wisely. I don't recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Joe Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars spanish
yet another movie or book that my daughter needed or wanted for her spanish major and she seems pleased as punch
Published 8 months ago by Susan Dorando
3.0 out of 5 stars vanilla sky was better in my opinion.
Sometimes the original film is better, but in this case it wasn't.... I really love Vanilla sky and the overall production. This film was too much meh....
Published 8 months ago by bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Once I started watching, I couldn't stop
I bought this movie for the same reason most people buy it--because of Penelope Cruz. But I was very impressed with the quality of the story and the acting here. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jason M. Jewell
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