Abre Los Ojos

ABRE LOS OJOS (aka OPEN YOUR EYES) (18)
D: Alejandro Amenábar
Redbus/Sogetel/El Escorpion/Alain Sarde/Lucky Red
Spain/Italy/France 🇪🇸🇮🇹🇫🇷 1997
119 mins
 
Thriller
 
W: Alejandro Amenábar & Matteo Gil
DP: Hans Burrmann
Ed: Maria Elena Sainz de Rojas
Mus: Alejandro Amenábar & Mariano Marin
 
Eduardo Noriega (Cesar), Penelope Cruz (Sofia), Chete Lera (Antonio), Fele Martinez (Pelayo), Najwa Nimri (Nuria), Gerard Barray (Duvernois)

A quite excellent psychological thriller about a prisoner who explains to his psychiatrist how he came to be facially disfigured in a car accident and incarcerated for murder, only to discover that his nightmare reality may not be all that it seems.
Superior in every way to the American remake 'Vanilla Sky', this Spanish language original is gripping and intelligent, holding interest throughout without having to make reference to pop culture in order to make the complex, tricksy story easier to follow.
One of the best foreign language movies of the 1990's. It was remade in the US in 2001 as Vanilla Sky (qv).
8/10

Penelope Cruz in Abre Los Ojos
Penelope Cruz in Abre Los Ojos
Did You Know:
Tom Cruise said that he was on his mobile phone trying to buy the remake rights (for Vanilla Sky) immediately after the first time he watched the film.

Award Wins & Nominations:


MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:

Wins: 2 (Best Foreign Language Film; Best Makeup Design)

Nominations: 4 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Original); Best Film Editing)


OSCARS:

Wins: none

Nominations: none


BAFTAS

Wins: none

Nominations: none


OTHER WINS:

Berlin International Film Festival (Best Director); Ondas Awards (Best Actress); Tokyo International Film Festival (Tokyo Grand Prix)


Also See: 
Vanilla Sky (2001)