As I Open My Eyes
Directed by Leyla Bouzid
Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn't have the same idea. She sings in a political rock band, has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the wishes of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers all too well.
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★★★★ review by willa on Letterboxd
lowkey THE underrated/underwatched gem of 2016 👀
★★★½ review by hemachandra on Letterboxd
While browsing through the films on MUBI, I thought this film would be a genuine film about beautiful people living in Tunis, with some beautiful music but then the film just hit me right in the face like a brick wall.
As I Open My Eyes is an articulate film about a girl, evolving to adolescence in a male-dominated society that is naturally hostile to women, whose sorrow & despair echo in the Arab spring.
★★★★★ review by Juliana on Letterboxd
This gave me chills. Oh my god. Ok, 1) Baya Medhaffer is just GOLD. She is so beautiful, her voice is AMAZING and I'm in love with her Farah 2) The songs?? I dare you not to be shook 3) This was so beautifully filmed and the story itself is so pure, I'm honestly amazed...
"I am a feminist, and you're a jerk!"
★★★★½ review by avokiddo on Letterboxd
i want to roll the main character in a blanket, give her hot cocoa, hold her and tell her everything's going to be okay!!! she deserves the world!!!
(this was absolutely beautiful, i have no words to describe it. i loved everything about this.)
★★★★½ review by dunhamrc on Letterboxd
Featuring a theremin in a Tunisian rock band has to be worth at least one star
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