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As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016)

As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016)

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This music-filled, French-Tunisian production is set in Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution, and depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life, as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid's feature offers a nuanced portrait of the implications of the Arab Spring on the lives of young people in the region, while also creating a complex story about a young woman using art to transform her reality.

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Youssef Soltana
as Ska - le batteur
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Director Leyla Bouzid may struggle to shape her narrative in the final reels, but through most of its running time her first feature pulses with in-the-moment vitality.

October 6, 2016 | Full Review…

As I Open My Eyes feel like two films rather oddly stitched together.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"As I Open My Eyes" is best when it observes the fraught but loving mother-daughter relationship between Hayet and Farah.

September 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Bouzid has joined the ranks Arab female filmmakers worth keeping tabs on.

September 7, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This appropriately somewhat scruffy feature derives a lot of its energy from a spunky lead performance by newcomer Baya Medhaffer, while the story is emotionally grounded by the warm presence of Ghalia Benali.

September 7, 2016 | Full Review…

This debut feature earns its grown-up wisdom without selling out its youthful idealism.

September 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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