Abre los ojos- Alejandro Amenábar (Spain)
"Los sueños no se descubren hasta que uno despierta."
"You don’t know it’s a dream until you wake up"
The original Spanish version of the Tom Cruise shipwreck “Vanilla Sky”. It even has Penelope Cruz in it! César (Eduardo Noriega) is a sexy and successful playboy who can get any girl he casts his eyes upon. However, he loses everything after a terrible car accident and must learn to cope with his new circumstances- including his deformed face. I can’t say more without giving anything away but “Abre los ojos” does not go in any predictable direction. The film is fragmented much like the protagonist’s life and it’s riveting to watch as everything comes together. The theme of dreams is also noteworthy and the film feels ethereal like a dream itself. It’s difficult to tell what is real and what isn’t. Please please please, watch this version instead of the American remake!
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