Julia’s Eyes

31 Dec

Director: Guillem Morales

Writers: Guillem Morales (screenplay), Oriol Paulo (screenplay)

Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar and Pablo Derqui

UK Rating: 15

Runtime: 112 minutes

 

 

This is a Spanish subtitled film that was produced by Guillermo del Toro and ‘the team that brought you The Orphanage’. As such it is another scary thriller and it features the same lead actress in Belen Rueda. In this instance she plays a woman with a degenerative eye disorder trying to resolve her twin sister’s unconvincing suicide whilst losing her eyesight (and some of her marbles).

With a film such as this you expect lots of interiors, close ups and a sense of claustrophobia, but they are elevated with the worsening eyesight of the protagonist. Her world is actually closing in on her whilst the sleuthing that she undertakes provokes a range of sinister encounters. There is also an elevated sense of colour, score and language in this film that reminds me a bit of Almodovar. As with that Spanish master this film veers to the melodramatic at times.

So this movie is a little too long and too over-the-top at times, but at its heart it is a solid thriller with some nice scary moments and another good turn from Belen Rueda. My nerves were not completely shredded, and The Orphanage packed a bigger punch in that regard, but they were set on edge and the central theme of losing one’s sight is rather disturbing.

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