Sunday, October 9, 2005

Take my Eyes
Laia Marull, Luis Tosar, Candela Pena

Greenbelt 1, Cinema 2

Spanish Film Festival

One dark night, Pilar leaves her husband Antonio, she takes her son Juan runs away to her sister's house for refuge. Most men who physically abuse their wives are in denial. They claim it was rage. I believe that it is a sickness. They need proper guidance and psychological help. But it doesn't mean I condone their behavior. Because no matter what these men say, they will never change. Of course it is easier said than done - that it could just be as easy as leaving but sometimes some women have no place to run off to. Lucky for Pilar, she has her sister, Ana. She got a good job offer in Madrid where she can start her life anew. Far from Toledo and Antonio. This is a very moving film about healing broken relationships, about rediscovering herself and her worth. About moving on after years of physical abuse, but most of all the emotional anguish of being constantly humiliated by her husband. The actors are very expressive with their body language, their eyes speak. Sometimes words are not spoken yet you can see their true emotions coming across. A simple story about a very sensitive issue - domestic violence in Spain. But it can happen anywhere, not just in Spain. It was the second Spanish film I saw on a single day and I'm glad I did.

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