Living is easy with eyes closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)

The title comes from the Beatles song Strawberry fields forever, which John Lennon wrote it in 1966 while he was  filming Richard Lester’s How I Won The War in Spain. Antonio (Javier Cámara) is an English teacher obsessed by The Beatles. He uses the lyrics to their songs to teach English to his pupils. When he hears that Lennon will be in Spain, he decides to drive to Almeria, where the filming took place, in the hope of meeting him. On the way there, Antonio picks up two young hitchhiker: Belén (Natalia de Molina), a pregnant 20-year-old who wants to return to her family, and Juanjo (Francesc Colomer), a teenage boy who has run away from a strict father. Arriving in Almeria they find shelter at a farmhouse. The three of them become friends. And Antonio will try to meet Lennon. Living is easy with eyes closed is the Spanish entry for the Best foreign language film at the 2015 Academy Awards. It is a pleasant film, a bit thin on plot but with good production values and acting by all. Lead actor Javier Cámara’s Antonio is at first sight a bit peculiar, but wins us with his kindness and generosity towards his two road companions. In other words : pretty good.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

Living is easy with eyes closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)

 

Directed by: 
David Trueba
 
Screenplay by: 
David Trueba
 
Starring: 
Javier Cámara
Natalia de Molina
Francesc Colomer
 
108 min.
 
Rated 14A
 
In Spanish and English with English subtitles

  

 

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