Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados
Director: David Trueba
Cast: Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Spain
Sex scene, nudity and coarse language
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“An absolute delight… Cámara is just wonderful, a gorgeous creation. Some very funny scenes…it’s gorgeous, it’s really gorgeous.”
Margaret Pomeranz, ABC AT THE MOVIES
“Terrifically enjoyable. It’s a lovely film, I liked it so much.”
David Stratton, ABC AT THE MOVIES
“Charming, touching and funny. A delightful journey.”
Nick Dent, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
“One of those rare, gentle films that charms and seduces but never allows us to forget there is a bitter core beneath the sugar coating. Cámara, one of Spain’s leading character actors is superb and he is ably supported by the younger cast members. The pacing is perfect while the amazingly subtle soundtrack is atmospheric but never intrusive. Trueba has transformed this story into an allegory of a nation savouring a first taste of freedom.”
John McDonald, THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
“Charming and whimsical – a gem. Offers a lovely evocation of Spain as well as a touching tribute to an unforgettable moment in time when the Beatles seemed to offer brand new possibilities, the idea that strawberry fields might indeed go on forever”
Stephen Farber, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Like John Lennon`s enigmatic Strawberry Fields, once played it’s not easily forgotten. A tender, comedic, coming-of-age story which bristles with poignant references to the lingering effects of Spain’s dictatorship. May finally lead Spain`s national treasure [Javier Cámara] into wider recognition overseas. He`s always been a spirited, magnetic presence and a huge draw in Spain with repeat appearances in Almodovar films. Here, his charisma is evident.”
Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Javier Cámara), Best New Actress (Natalia de Molina), Best Screenplay and Best Original Score (Pat Metheny)
OFFICIAL SELECTION (SPAIN) – 2015 ACADEMY AWARDS
Best Foreign Language Film
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Inspired by true events, writer/director David Trueba’s multi award-winning box office hit LIVING IS EASY (WITH EYES CLOSED) is a buoyant and heartfelt comedy set in conservative, Franco-era Spain, about a free-spirited English teacher’s quest to meet his idol, John Lennon, and the inspirational effect he has on two young people who share in the journey.
It’s 1966: dedicated schoolteacher Antonio (portrayed by the brilliant Javier Cámara) is an obsessive Beatles fan – a passion that carries through to his classroom where he uses the lyrics from “Help!” to teach his pupils English. When he learns that John Lennon is filming Richard Lester’s absurdist comedy How I Won the War on the other side of the country, Antonio drops everything and sets out in in his tiny Fiat to find the production’s location, hoping Lennon can help him understand the lyrics to the newly released Revolver LP.
En route, Antonio adopts two hitchhiking runaways: Juanjo (Francesc Colomer), a 16-year-old boy fleeing his disciplinarian father, and Belén (Natalia de Molina), 20 years old, single and pregnant, heading home to face her mother. Together the trio travel across the sun-drenched Spanish landscape and learn more about each other – and themselves – than any had expected.
Fuelled by the affecting backbeat of surging Beatles euphoria, and accompanied by a glorious, award-winning original score by the legendary Pat Metheny, this funny and deeply affecting film is both a farewell to an era of repression and a welcome to a new age, capturing the spirit of both the ‘60s and of a nation aspiring to a better future.