April 12, 2015 4:40pm
SilverCity Theatre B
Director: David Trueba
Cast: Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
Runtime: 108 minutes
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain: Best Film, Screenplay, New Actress;
Goya Awards: Best Film, Director, Actor, New Actress, Screenplay, Original Score;
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Best Screenplay
“Smart and delightful.”—Tom Keough, Seattle Times
“The actors help to bring this engaging tale to life.”—Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
Based on a true story, Living is Easy with Eyes Closed tells the story of Antonio, a Beatles-obsessed fan who sets out in his car in 1966 to meet John Lennon, who’s in Spain to film How I Won the War. Along the way, the English teacher picks up two young hitchhikers — Belen, a pregnant young woman escaping a home for unwed mothers, and Juanjo, a teenager who has run away because his father insists he cut his Beatles-length hair.
Antonio is a fascinating character, comical, endlessly surprising, and idiosyncratic. He skillfully imparts basic English to his young class courtesy of the Beatles’ song, “Help.”
A chatterbox and storyteller, Antonio is enthusiastic about youth culture but is also endearingly out of step.
The travelling trio forms an intriguing surrogate family, with amusing personality conflicts blended with some pithy observations about living in Franco’s oppressive Spain.
By the end, the title, which references “Strawberry Fields Forever,” reveals itself as appropriate. Antonio is living with his eyes opened, and we hope that his two young friends will eventually learn to do the same.