Open my eyes

Open my eyes

Open my eyes

  Spanish cinema is booming – and not only thanks to Pedro Almodovar and films like The Orphanage / El Orfanato, or The Sea Inside / Mar Adentro. Even beyond these films have in recent years, a rich and diverse film industry established itself in the Iberian Peninsula, whose films are not required before the works of other European directors to hide. The golden years of Spanish cinema, she was yet to come. And one Icíar Bollaín certainly hope the makers of the future. Her film Open My Eyes / Te Doy Mis Ojos puts this conclusion in any case close to mandatory.

For Pilar (Laia Marull), there is no reason to doubt their love for her husband Antonio (Luis Tosar) to. But had to seek out the ten years of their relationship were hell, again and again she had to tolerate the violence and temper tantrums of her husband and more than once led them to that under flimsy excuses, the hospital. But one night she finally provides the long-overdue step: Total scared she gathers her things, awakens the young son Juan (Nicolas Fernandez Luna) and left the house together. Hasty and even with their slippers on her feet she flees to her younger sister Ana (Candela Peña).

How bad it really is the marriage of Pilar is martyrdom and what it has already passed that Ana goes up only when it is the next day in her apartment and finds there hospital bills. When Antonio finally a surprise return to the apartment, he flung his sister out of hand. By now it is clear to Ana that passes by way of divorce is no more. But Pilar is constantly fluctuating, because again and again promised improvement Antonio, promises to go into therapy and they are actually starts. There is no doubt that when Pilar’s husband, the will is there, but he can implement his protestations actually a reality?

In the meantime, it is possible Pilar gradually and very cautiously, so something like a build your own life, thanks to her sister, she finds a job. And finally, even offering her the chance to improve their careers and establish. But offered the job would mean that Pilar definitively adopted and away from Toledo to Madrid must consider. Now the latest to be seen whether Antonio has really changed, or whether Pilar is going in the future, their path alone.

Domestic violence is a widespread social problem, estimates suggest about 25 percent of all relationships that are affected. But no matter how wide the social and political consensus is well above that domestic abuse should be tolerated under any circumstances, still the majority of cases, surrounded by a wall of silence. And in particular countries which are heavily influenced by conservative values and a Christian view of the institution of marriage, and are reluctant to tackle the disease aggressively. Spain is certainly amongst the nations, which is accepted implicitly sometimes, which must not be tolerated. Of course, reminds Icíar Bollaín film to Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, but the Spanish director is the subject of very direct and less in tone than its great Swedish writer. Although it would be easy to condemn Antonio, makes his madness, not acceptable, then at least to some extent understandable, and so paints a differentiated picture of a man who does not have his emotions under control. Furthermore, his attempts to contribute to escape the cycle of violence, quite credible. Pilar also works through the multi-faceted, straightforward nature of the staging as a human being of flesh and blood, frighteningly real, with its fickle and only very slow onset of desire for change. This makes Open My Eyes / Te Doy Mis Ojos a shocking and extremely noteworthy film that takes sharp reminder of how little respect from some of this is to be hell.

In Spain, the film was one of the great successes of recent years, more than one million visitors saw Open My Eyes / Te Doy Mis Ojos. Perhaps this is a sign that there also slow rates of re-thinking one.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Open my eyes Original Title: Te Doy Mis Ojos – TV-Tip of the Week Country of production: Spain Year of production: 2003 Length: 106 (Min)

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