Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos) (1999)



Critic Consensus: Director Alejandro Amenábar tackles some heady issues with finesse and clarity in Open Your Eyes, a gripping exploration of existentialism and the human spirit.

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In this Spanish-French-Italian co-production, a man deserts women after sleeping with them just once, a lifestyle that becomes his ultimate downfall. Finally he decides to stay with one woman, but reality and fantasy become blurred at the climax of the film.
R (for some strong sexuality, language and some violence)
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Artisan Pictures

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Chete Lera
as Antonio
Najwa Nimri
as Nuria
Gerard Barray
as Duvernois
Jorge de Juan
as Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela
as Commisario
Pedro Miguel Martínez
as Médico Jefe
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Critic Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (10)

Even if the script (written by the director and Mateo Gil) and direction are patchy, the obsessive theme is gripping.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is so smart, mischievous and stylish, you'll instantly want to see it again.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If you're the type who doesn't mind jigsaw puzzles unassembling themselves as you assemble them, if you enjoy enigmas and don't need explanations, the film just might work for you.

July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

For adventurous filmgoers, though, this Spanish import offers something off the beaten path and a chance to play the coffee-shop game: Could This Screenplay Be Saved?

March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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A film with enough intellectual meat on its stylish bones to give more adventurous moviegoers something to chew on afterward.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Amenabar may drop the ball with a surprise happy ending, but the real shock is that when Cesar finally opens his eyes, you feel he's earned it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

Amenábar follows his intelligent debut Tesis with this equally smart, well-written and nicely-acted psychothriller that takes a simple premise and shapes it in a twisty direction where we can't see where reality ends and illusion begins - and the ending is more than earned.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Open Your Eyes is a mischievous and confusing fantasy playing with reality. Leading and puzzling, The Hollywood remake Vanilla Sky in 2001 can only dream on imitating the subtle approach to the idea in the original Open Your Eyes. An eye-opener.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

This is definately a film one should watch with the American version. Seeing Cruz act in the same script as a different character is very rare. Being able to view the same scenes done with different cinematography is also interesting. The movie is strange and sorrowful in any language.

Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark

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