Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014)



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It is 1966 in Albacete, Spain. English teacher and die-hard Beatles fan Antonio decides to go on a road trip to Almería in the hope of meeting John Lennon, who is shooting a film there. On the way he picks up two hitch-hikers, Juanjo and Belén. This unlikely trio form a bond and decide to follow their dreams in hopes of finding their freedom.

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Critic Reviews for Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

"Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed" is subtle in the truest sense, in that it says and suggests much, and does so definitely, but through a minimum of means.

Full Review… | March 19, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
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Javier Camara, best known here for his work with Pedro Almodovar, is quite good as the teacher, delivering a performance of real tenderness and depth. In Spanish with subtitles.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
Chicago Reader
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Ultimately good-hearted and gracefully handled enough to transcend the leisurely slightness of its material.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014
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The actors help to bring this engaging tale to life.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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An evocative portrait of a time and a place and also a subtly rewarding character study of three ordinary people in search of that extraordinary dream, a taste of freedom.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Arizona Republic
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Smart and delightful ...

August 7, 2014
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed


A Spanish film set during Beatlemania and how a Spanish teacher sets out to meet the legendary John Lennon. The subtitles I used were not entirely accurate at times but it's a great movie.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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Javier Cámara shines as a genuine character, quick to self-depricate and quicker to speak the truth in a movie that was thoroughly satisfying. Living is Easy with Eyes Closed maintains impeccable balance in the themes it covers, and Trueba captures the essence of everyday life in Franco's Spain during a curious period for the country. With Franco on the decline, the West gaining more influence and accessibility for everyday Spaniards, presented in a compelling way with Cámara's angst. Without ever being too overt, Trueba's film projects optimism alongside frustration in a desolate part of rural Spain where the only constant is marginalization. Part road movie, part coming of age, Living is Easy with Eyes Close is entertaining, meaningful, and leaves a lovely taste of the sweet strawberry fields forever in your mouth.

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