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Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013)

Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 31 October 2013 (Spain)
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In Spain in 1966, an English teacher picks up two hitchhikers on his quest to meet John Lennon.

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David Trueba

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David Trueba
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Cámara ... Antonio
Natalia de Molina ... Belén
Francesc Colomer ... Juanjo
Ramon Fontserè Ramon Fontserè ... Ramón
Rogelio Fernández Rogelio Fernández ... Bruno
Jorge Sanz ... Padre
Ariadna Gil ... Madre
Violeta Rodríguez Violeta Rodríguez ... Julia
Léo Rodríguez Léo Rodríguez ... Javi
Tristán Rodríguez Tristán Rodríguez ... Jesús
Olivia Trueba Olivia Trueba ... Maribel
Catalina Sagredo Catalina Sagredo ... Bebé
Joaquín Fernández Joaquín Fernández ... Clase Colegio
Sasha Di Bendetto Sasha Di Bendetto ... Clase Colegio
Rodrigo Pascual Rodrigo Pascual ... Clase Colegio
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Storyline

Spain, 1966, a high-school English/Latin teacher, Antonio, drives to Almeria in hopes of meeting his hero, John Lennon. Along the way, Antonio picks up two runaways. The movie title, Living is Easy With Eyes Closed, comes from a line in Lennon's song Strawberry Fields Forever which he wrote while filming How I Won the War in Almeria. Written by af_by94

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

31 October 2013 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,600, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,600, 29 June 2014
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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Spain to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, it is stated that, after the events depicted in the film, all Beatles LPs included printed lyrics. This is not true: The LPs that featured lyrics were Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour (Capitol LP and Parlophone EP), and The Beatles (AKA The White Album). Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be didn't include them.

Although Yellow Submarine was not a "true" Beatles LP (featuring just one side of Beatles' music, 2 songs already released and the other unreleased 4 recorded two years ago, we can say then the only two LPs that didn't feature the lyrics are Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Some post-breakup releases included printed lyrics: 1973: 1962-1966 (Red Album), 1967-1970 (Blue Album), 1977: Love Songs. See more »

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References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

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La presó del rei de França
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Performed by Ramon Fontserè
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Wonderful!
16 April 2016 | by MikeyB1793See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film, albeit on the slow side with no histrionics, with three different characters all trying to find their pathway in life.

It's a road movie about a middle-age teacher and two much younger adults. The character interactions are fascinating and simply grow on you as the film develops. We come too feel for each of them. This is very character driven film with a slow intensity. The Spanish landscape is arid and serves to reinforce the struggle they are undergoing. At the end we sense a resolution to their journey and a sense of fulfillment. The human aspect is highly developed with a strong emotional pull throughout.

For John Lennon and Beatle fans there is only a slight appearance of John towards the finale.


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