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Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)


Director and Screenplay : David Trueba
Music: Pat Metheny
Producer: Cristina Huete
Cast: Javier Camara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
Classification: M
Duration: 108 mins
Country: Spain

Language: Spanish

Review by David Stratton
In 1966, Antonio, Javier Camara, who teaches English at a school in a small town in La Mancha, is obsessed with The Beatles, to the point that he has his class recite the lyrics from "Help!" in English. When he learns that John Lennon is making a Richard Lester film, HOW I WON THE WAR, in Almeria, in the south of the country, he decides to go there to try to meet him. Along the way he picks up a couple of runaways - three months pregnant Belen, Natalia de Molina, who has left a home for unmarried mothers, and Juanjo, Francese Colomer, who has left home after a fight with his policeman father over his long hair.
This terrifically enjoyable film takes its title from the lyrics for "Strawberry Fields Forever", a song John Lennon wrote while he was filming in Spain. It's a comedy, but a comedy with a dark edge that reminds us how life was in Spain back then, under the despotic Franco regime, and how casual violence perpetrated by authority figures on the weak was the order of the day. The ever-optimistic Antonio is not to be deterred from his mission while at the same time giving support and friendship to his two young companions, both of whom go through life-changing experiences. David Stratton The Film Show 


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