The multi award-winning LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED is a buoyant and heartfelt comedy set in Franco’s Spain, about a free-spirited English teacher determined to meet his idol, John Lennon.

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

MSex scene, nudity and coarse language

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Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

“Boundlessly charming and original. This sunlit and good-hearted Spanish movie tells a story that is far too good to be true, which makes its real-life provenance all the more remarkable. Whimsical and winning, Living is Easy is a small and sparkling gem.”

“Captivating. A sweet, subtle and perfectly judged bittersweet comedy. If you’re a fan of good writing, good music, or just sun-baked southern European landscapes, then this understated gem is going to win you over completely.”

“An entertaining ride, filled with eccentric characters and some wonderfully comic turns from a talented cast. With optimism, playfulness and nostalgic reminiscences of youth… the story and characters shine in a tale celebrating individual rebellion and intellectual freedom.”
Adam Fresco, FLICKS.CO.NZ

“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”

“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.”

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Javier Cámara), Best New Actress (Natalia de Molina), Best Screenplay and Best Original Score (Pat Metheny)

Best Foreign Language Film

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.

“Taking the Road in Search of a Beatle.” – David Trueba with Fairfax’s Philippa Hawker.

“How John Lennon’s role in a 1960s war film inspired a whole new movie.” – David Trueba with The Independent.

David Trueba and Javier Cámara talk about the film with The Examiner.

And… Action. David Treuba discusses the origins of LIVING IS EASY .

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed