Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot)
The unusually subtle yet eloquent debut of Israeli director Haim Tabakman...
Slow and often silent, it's an extraordinarily disciplined film that respects, if not honours, the milieu of its story...
Eschews sentimentality and pathos, instead letting body language and the dusty, gloomy streets of Jerusalem shape the story.
It moves slowly and patiently through the ordeal of a single soul, illuminating in the process a cosmos of intense and hidden feeling.
Quiet, sober and tense, the movie makes some interesting points, but it lacks the emotional firepower of Brokeback Mountain.
Audience Reviews for Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot)
A wonderful and overwhelming Israeli drama about desire versus religious faith in Jerusalem, presenting an extremely engaging forbidden love story between two orthodox Jewish men whose profound feelings for each other grow incredibly real and intense.
Eyes Wide Open is my official introduction to Israeli cinema and I must say it's a weak start. While the film which is a directorial debut is well organized, it's to pessimistic. I felt like I was a watching a holocaust movie for Gods sake. The opening scene showed two depressing men in a gloomy raining setting, the whole film continued like that. It was a drama queen, and not a particularly entertaining one. As a drama it tried to hard to make the audience depressed, and based on the critical reception it worked, I didn't suck into it though.
"We cannot go on like this. I have a wife, family, children."
"And I have only you."
Subtle, downplayed drama with more than a passing resemblance to Brokeback Mountain both in terms of its slow pace and constant tone and its content, Eyes Wide Open shines a light on a subject that does not got enough attention. Haim Tabakman's direction is assured, frequently inventive (there's one especially brilliant shot involving the reflections from a passing van) but never 'showy', allowing the characters to 'breathe' and the story to flow naturally. Often bleak and occasionally funny, there are no happy endings; hardly surprising given the awful life homosexuals have to live in the Jewish Orthodox community. A very apt title, to boot.
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