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Julias Eyes (2010)

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  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: August 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 112 min
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  • IMDb page: Julias Eyes (2010)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 6,753 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: August 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 112 min
  • Filming Location: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
  • Director: Guillem Morales
  • Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar and Pablo Derqui
  • Original Music By: Fernando Velázquez   
  • Soundtrack: Mirando y amándote
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Writing Credits By:

  • Guillem Morales (screenplay) &
  • Oriol Paulo (screenplay)

Known Trivia

    Plot: The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister. Full summary » |  »

    Story: After the death of the blind Sara, who hung herself in the basement of her house, her twin sister Julia suspects that she was actually murdered. Julia has a degenerative problem in her eyes and is losing her sight and she temporarily moves with her husband Isaac to Sara's house to arrange her funeral. Julia goes to the Centro Baumann for blinds where Sara frequented and she learns from the others blind users that Sara had a boyfriend. Julia is chased by a mysterious man but the police inspector Dimas does not believe on her. Julia follows the last steps of Sara trying to find the identity of her secret lover. Julia is surrounded by deaths and weird events while she loses her sight.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Juan Carlos Caro known as producer
    • Ricardo García Arrojo known as executive producer: Antena 3 Films
    • Natxo Gefaell known as first assistant producer (as Natxo Gefaell Alsina)
    • Pol Gutierrez known as assistant producer
    • Laia Gómez known as first assistant producer
    • Joaquín Padró known as producer
    • Cruz Rodríguez known as delegate producer: Televisió de Catalunya (as Cruz Rodríguez Madrid)
    • Mar Targarona known as producer
    • Guillermo del Toro known as producer
    • José Torrescusa known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Belén Rueda known as Julia Levin / Sara
    • Lluís Homar known as Isaac
    • Pablo Derqui known as Ángel
    • Francesc Orella known as Inspector Dimas
    • Joan Dalmau known as Créspulo
    • Julia Gutiérrez Caba known as Soledad
    • Boris Ruiz known as Blasco
    • Dani Codina known as Iván
    • Andrea Hermosa known as Lía
    • Daniel Grao known as Dr. Román
    • Pere Ventura known as Policía Aparcamiento #1
    • Òscar Foronda known as Policía 2 Aparcamiento (as Oscar Foronda)
    • Ramón Moreno known as Enfermero #1
    • José Sánchez Orosa known as Enfermero #2 (as José Sánchez)
    • Carlos Fabregas known as Subinspector (as Carlus Fabrega)
    • Clara Segura known as Mina
    • Catalina Munar known as Lara
    • Laura Barba known as Dela
    • Mia Esteve known as Nora
    • Bernat Muñoz known as Individuo Hombre
    • Silvia de Litrán known as Peatón Mujer
    • Jordi Llordella known as Botones
    • Héctor Claramunt known as Recepcionista 1 (as Hector Claramunt)
    • Betsy Túrnez known as Recepcionista #2
    • Ángela Rosal known as Dueña Restaurante
    • Daniel Ortiz known as Camarero
    • Ismael Cruz known as Conductor
    • Víctor Benjumea known as Vigilante Párking (as Victor Benjumea)
    • Blanca Martínez known as Mujer Ciega
    • Vanesa Prieto known as Enfermera

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Caitlin Acheson known as makeup artist
    • Natàlia Albert known as assistant makeup artist (as Natalia Albert)
    • Mara Collazo known as hair stylist
    • Esther Ortega known as assistant hair stylist

    Art Department:

    • Sol Caramilloni known as set dresser
    • Sandra Clavé known as art department assistant
    • Sergi Durán known as props
    • Joan Fusté known as props
    • Gemma Gil known as assistant property master
    • Alejandro Mackay known as props assistant
    • Jun Matsuura known as storyboard artist
    • Mario Medeiros known as props assistant
    • Lars Mocker known as props assistant
    • Roger Parés known as props assistant
    • Jordi Ribera known as props
    • Albert Rodriguez known as storyboard artist
    • Montse Soler known as property master
    • Iván Tikas known as props
    • Bernat Vilaseca known as props assistant
    • Peio Vizcaya known as props

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Antena 3 Films
    • Canal+ España
    • Catalan Film and Television
    • Generalitat De Catalunya Institut Catala De Les Industries Culturals (ICCA)
    • Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO)
    • Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA)
    • Mesfilms
    • Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne
    • Rodar y Rodar Cine y Televisión
    • Televisió de Catalunya (TV3)
    • Universal Pictures International (UPI)

    Other Companies:

    • Actor's Gallery  extras casting
    • Cinevent  insurance
    • DRAX audio  foley recording
    • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Image Film  post-production
    • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
    • Modasa  transportation
    • Soundub  sound mix
    • Vas a ver  press agency (as Vasaver)

    Distributors:

    • Dark Light Media (2010) (China) (theatrical)
    • IFC Films (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Independenta Film (2010) (Romania) (theatrical)
    • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
    • Optimum Releasing (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Presidio (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Umbrella Entertainment (2011) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
    • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Spain) (theatrical)
    • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (France) (theatrical)
    • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Argentina Video Home (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (all media)
    • Pris Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (all media)
    • Ram Indo (2010) (Indonesia) (all media)
    • Umbrella Entertainment (2011) (Australia) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Fassman VFX
    • Efe-X (special effects)
    • Infinia (digital effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Lluís Castells known as on set vfx assistant
    • Lluís Castells known as visual effects supervisor
    • Leo Flores known as matte painter
    • Leo Flores known as visual effects artist
    • Javier García known as visual effects artist
    • Irene Navarro known as graphics
    • Quico Noizeux known as digital compositor
    • Sandra Picher known as digital effects coordinator
    • Ricardo Pérez known as digital compositor
    • Jordi San Agustín known as digital compositor
    • Jordi San Agustín known as digital effects supervisor
    • Nicolas Zarza known as visual effects artist (as Nico Zarza)

    Release Date:

    • Canada 11 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Spain 7 October 2010 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
    • Spain 29 October 2010
    • France 22 December 2010
    • Indonesia 29 December 2010
    • Finland 31 December 2010
    • Mexico 4 February 2011
    • Argentina 17 March 2011
    • Poland 25 March 2011
    • Peru 31 March 2011
    • Hong Kong 1 April 2011 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • Panama 1 April 2011
    • Venezuela 1 April 2011 (limited)
    • Belgium 9 April 2011 (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
    • UK 5 May 2011 (Dead by Dawn)
    • Italy 13 May 2011
    • Ireland 20 May 2011
    • UK 20 May 2011
    • Japan 18 June 2011
    • Greece 23 June 2011
    • Turkey 1 July 2011
    • Denmark 21 July 2011
    • Sweden 22 July 2011
    • USA August 2011
    • Portugal 22 September 2011
    • Brazil 27 October 2011 (DVD premiere)
    • New Zealand 2 February 2012

    ..

     
     

    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    10 Comments

    1. collipal-1 from Argentina
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      Foremost, I am going to allow myself the indulgent whim of an editorialcomment in order to express my disgust for the phrase: "(insert thename of a famous director) presents". In many movies (specially, fromthe fantastic genre, and even more specially when they were made byunknown directors), we have seen that tricky phrase before the title,like announcing the fact that a famous director was responsible for thefilm we are about to see. I perfectly understand the commercial utilityfrom that ruse; and I imagine that many young and unknown directors cantolerate the humiliation of the semi-anonymity in exchange of theeconomical potential which represents the "approval" from a famousdirector. But even like that, I still think that that is a cheap trickwhich, above all things, has the "accidental" consequence of fooling tothe spectators. I do not know about you, but I know many people whostill think that The Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by TimBurton, or that Guillermo del Toro directed El Orfanato, or that Hostelwas directed by Quentin Tarantino. Is that an important problem? Iguess it is not. That may not even reach the "problem" category. And Ireally do not have any solution or suggestion in order to solve thesituation. After all, that is another necessary evil from marketing inorder to attract more people to the cinema, or to sell more DVDs. Butthat is not still enough for me to like it. End of the editorialcomment.

      I had been thinking all that because Los Ojos de Julia is another film"presented" by a famous director, in this case, the previouslymentioned del Toro. I highly doubt the fact that he had a realinfluence in the making of this film, but his name prominently appearsin this film's publicity. Anyway, I think that that simultaneously isan advantage and a disadvantage, because even though that may make morepeople to see this film, many of them might expect one of the manysupernatural fantasies full of special effects that that director usesto make, when the truth is that Los Ojos de Julia is a thriller withslight supernatural touches which may result too modest to the peoplewho might expected to see Hellboy 3 or Pan's Labyrinth 2.

      I liked the first half from Los Ojos de Julia very much. The screenplayraises a fascinating and unpredictable mystery, which genuinely kept mein suspense during that while, because it was impossible for me topredict where the story was going. The previously mentioned"supernatural touches" are very well achieved, and they never reach thetiring extremes of "ghost woman with a long black hair" or "vengefulspirit from the past". In fact, there are various elements in order forus to doubt about the existence of supernatural factors in the story,because Guillem Morales' direction keeps on that thin line between therealism and the fantasy, with a lot of atmosphere but at the same time"real". However, all that does not avoid Los Ojos de Julia from havingsome clichés, from the chases through dark underground corridors whichseem ten times longer of the building they are in, to the mysteriousold man who warns the main character on the danger she runs if shekeeps investigating, without forgetting about the unbelievers policemenwho do not take the desperate theories from the main characterseriously.

      Speaking of which, Belén Rueda makes an excellent work on her dual roleof Sara and Julia (even though she only appears as Sara for a fewminutes). Her performance is even more appreciated during the secondhalf of the movie, when the tense initial narrative starts to crumblewith a sudden twist to the melodrama, anchoring the movie into a muchmore predictable and conventional formula, which we have already seenin too many North American movies. Fortunately, that did not avoidRueda from keeping the necessary energy and conviction in order to makethat second half entertaining and lead us to an appropriate, butsomewhat corny, ending. Anyway, I think it is a shame the fact that LosOjos de Julia betrayed its excellent first half with a poor second one,but it still has enough positive elements to recommend it, like Rueda'sperformance, the good atmosphere and the fact that it is entertaining.

    2. rowiko from Narashino City/Chiba, Japan
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      I watched this movie on the plane the other day, trying to findsomething to keep me awake (as sleep on an airplane never leaves yourested, but merely with a stiff body).

      What I saw was, however – to my positive surprise – much more than justsomething to pass time, as I actually enjoyed it a lot.

      I find the plot quite fascinating and very original, and it has, withits unpredictability, more than just a few surprises in store. Granted,there are a few inconsistencies with the storyline, but I didn't seethem as a big problem, as the movie, as a whole, works.

      All in all, a really good horror thriller, which keeps you guessingtill the very end.

    3. (rhill@teksavvy.com) from Canada
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      I watched the Julia's Eyes world premiere at the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival a couple of days ago, and I have to say that although Iwas entertained, it did fall short of my expectations. Seeing how thefilm was produced by Guillermo del Toro, I was really hoping for ahorror/thriller on par with Pans Labyrinth or The Orphanage.

      Julia's Eyes does have an original idea at its core and that's whatkeeps you guessing and entertained through the duration of the film.Unfortunately the film does fall into some cliché horror jump scaresand the plot does not completely come together. It feels as though thefilmmaker started with a great idea but wasn't fully able to pull itall together cohesively in the end. I want to keep this review spoilerfree so I'm not going to get into any plot details, but suffice to saythat the antagonist's plot line does not come to a rewardingconclusion.

      That said, I think there is a lot to like here, the acting is great,some wholly original ideas are explored and there is enough tense andtruly scary scenes to keep most horror/thriller fans happy.

      Julia's Eyes is a film I enjoyed on the whole and I think people shouldseek out.

    4. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      After the death of the blind Sara (Belén Rueda), who hung herself inthe basement of he house, her twin sister Julia (Belén Rueda) suspectsthat she was actually murdered. Julia has a degenerative problem in hereyes and is losing her sight and she temporarily moves with her husbandIsaac (Lluís Homar) to Sara's house to arrange her funeral. Julia goesto the Centro Baumann for blinds where Sara frequented and she learnsfrom the others blind users that Sara had a boyfriend.

      Julia is chased by a mysterious man but the police inspector Dimas(Francesc Orella) does not believe on her. Julia follows the last stepsof Sara trying to find the identity of her secret lover. Julia issurrounded by deaths and weird events while she loses her sight. Is shealso delusional?

      "Los Ojos de Julia" is an atmospheric film but flawed and misguider.The director gives the sensation of a supernatural story and ends likea "giallo" blended with "Blind Terror". The name of Guillermo del Toro,who is the producer, is also used to mislead the viewers. Belén Ruedahas a magnificent performance; the cinematography and the camera workare excellent; the plot is intriguing; but the resolution is verydisappointing. My vote is six.

      Title (Brazil): "Os Olhos de Júlia" ("The Eyes of Julia")

    5. Corpus_Vile from Dublin, Ireland
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      Julia, (Belen Rueda) like her twin sister Sara suffers from adegenerative nerve disease which is slowly but surely turning herblind, with her twin having succumbed to total blindness earlier. Whenher sister dies, apparently of a suicide, Julia feels there's somethingnot quite right. Her sister wasn't depressed, and in fact had beenlooking forward to a potentially curable operation. Plus, there'srumours of Sara having had a mysterious boyfriend. But why didn't he gothe funeral? Doubted by her Psychologist husband Isaacs (Lluis Homar)Julia resolves to investigate. But her disease is getting worse, andshe keeps feeling that somebody is watching her every move. Is shecracking up? Or is something more sinister at play here?

      Julia's Eyes starts off very promising indeed, with a gripping firsthour, as director Guillem Morales ratchets up the tension with someclever visual tricks and an increasingly dark and creepy tone, as wellas some entertaining red herrings.

      However, by the third act, it unfortunately gets kinda… silly. Italso unfortunately has a rather ludicrous revelation, as well as someclichéd bad decision making on the part of the protagonist. It alsocould have been a leaner affair, being rather needlessly overlong.

      As well as this, the film doesn't really cover all the elements of itsrather layered plot as well as it could have, with one or two looseends that will very probably have the viewer raising a suspiciouseyebrow.

      That having said, it has some decent performances, is pretty absorbingand again, has a nigh on excellent first half.

      Any horror or chiller fan should find much to like here, but ultimatelyit comes across as rather dissatisfying, considering its ambition.

      7/10- A solid enough film, that's worth checking out overall, butpotentially could have been excellent.

    6. diexmydarling from Australia
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      I watched this not knowing exactly what to expect, due to the mixedreviews. While it is slow ISH to burn (at about 2 hrs length), I feltlike it offered enough twists and turns along the way to keep you veryengaged and on the edge of your seat. I felt like the storyline wasquite original, and the movie does a great job of showing how Julialoses her sight over time, with certain scenes done from her point ofview. All the actors play their parts very well (rare among mostthrillers I feel). I watch a lot of horror/thriller movies, and whilethis isn't a horror movie, it definitely scared me! Contrary to otherreviewers, I actually really enjoyed the ending. It's quite moving andgoes very well with the story. Overall, a recommended view for anyoneinto a good thriller with 2 hrs on their hands.

    7. Chaz_233 from US
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      In the intro, a blind woman named Sara is pursued by some man. It lookslike she's about to commit suicide, but then the man "helps" her to herdeath.

      Sara's sister is Julia. She arrives at the house and refuses to believethat Sara committed suicide even though that's what everyone concluded.Julia also suffers from the same unspecified ocular condition thatcauses progressive blindness. At the beginning of the movie, Julia has70% vision, a few minutes later she is completely blind.

      She sets out to investigate on her own what happened to Sara and hearsfrom other blind woman about Sara's boyfriend. Yet no one else seems tohave seen or known about this invisible man. Except for a hotel'scustodian who tells her there is indeed a man who projects nolight/life/spark. Julia herself now is being chased by this invisibleman. Her loving husband doesn't believe any of it until he finallyagrees to help her, disappears, and then his corpse is found hanging inSara's house- another "clear" case of suicide according to cops. In hersearch she meets various strange neighbors, yet another blind woman, acreepy man and his daughter, whose face isn't shown.

      Julia undergoes some eye transplant surgery. Her eyes have to becovered so she is assigned someone to care for her. For a good part ofthe movie, the camera never shows who this kind caretaker is. Juliaeven falls for him. The neighbor's girl shows up and tells her thatshe's in serious trouble if she stays with him. The fact that his faceisn't shown until she removes her bandages is a hint at who this manis.

      Julia's Eyes has some of the characteristics of Spanish horror films.It's somewhat fantastic, it's very human, slower, has a lot ofmeaningful details, and is filmed only in shades of brown/gray. It's issurprisingly watchable, has it's jump out of your seat moments and abit of violence. Belen Rueda is an attractive woman, and the directorknows it. But one has to be somewhat in a fantasy mode, even though itseems to aim for realism, because the behavior of the characters is somind-boggling and dumb at times. Meanwhile, the dialogue showsbrilliance, insight, and tenderness. This movie is about 15-20 minutestoo long with Julia running around all over the place, slowly becauseshe rarely can see well, and bumping into everything. In the endeverything falls into place and is explained. But the greatest weaknessremains the improbable and nonsensical actions the characters arerequired to take for the sake of the story. This is becoming somewhatcommon and odd. Scriptwriters should use a bit more imagination toadvance their story without forcing their characters to act in ways norational person would.

    8. Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      I'm usually very cautious with my expectations towards Spanishhorror/thrillers, especially if they look a little supernatural-themedand receive a lot of praise from beforehand. "Julia's Eyes" showedthese characteristics, what with being produced by golden boy GuillermoDel Toro and all, but since it played at the Belgian Festival ofFantastic Films I still definitely wanted to see it. I'm glad to say"Julia's Eyes" is a tense and well-scripted thriller that is ratherstraightforward in its shocks and horror, rather than exaggeratedlysuggestive and ghostly. It has been proved in the past that thrillerswith blind female protagonists can scare quite effectively. Theravishing Belén Rueda joins the good company of Mia Farrow in "See NoEvil" and Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark"; blind or narrowly blinddamsels in distress who nevertheless fight back courageously. Juliasuffers from a rare hereditary ailment which slowly but surely causesher to go blind. In order not to accelerate the forthcoming blindness,Julia must avoid all sorts of emotional stress. That's easier said thandone, of course, especially when she discovers that her twin sisterSarah – who struggled with the same disease – committed suicide in thebasement of her house. Julia refuses to accept that her sister solelykilled herself because the eye operation failed and begins to dig intoher private life, much against the will of her devoted husband Isaac.Julia discovers the existence of a mysterious and invisible man inSarah's life, someone who may have drove her to commit suicide or evenkilled her. But then Julia collapses and loses her vision. Theoperation to save her sight is performed, but the first few weeksshe'll have to live in darkness though with the help of a privatenurse. It is during this period that Julia experiences exactly what hersister went through during her final moments…

      The plot of "Julia's Eyes" is quite convoluted, with many charactersthat each have their own peculiarities and secrets. Nevertheless,director & co-writer Guillem Morales knows to maintain the suspense ata continuously high level and – even more importantly – the fearremains realistic and almost sensible. Especially the sequences takingplace in the first few days after Julia's operation, when the audienceis supposed to be as blind as the heroine herself, are extremely tenseand unsettling. It's also during this period that the script contains afew harsh and totally unexpected shock moments that will surprise eventhe most experienced horror fanatics. During the last half hour,"Julia's Eyes" drops all allures of being a superior & sophisticatedthinking man's thriller and literally turns into an old-fashionedbona-fide horror flick with nasty images and grotesque plot twists. Ithought it was fantastic! The acting performances are terrific, withBelén Rueda basically deserving an Oscar for her role and Lluis Homarand Pablo Derqui providing excellent support. Highly recommended

    9. jcmf27 from Venezuela, barquisimeto
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      i just saw the movie its has a great acting by Belén Rueda, this is myfirst time writing about a movie especially a foreign one, during thewhole movie you will be waiting for what is next to unsolved all themysteries surrounding julia's sister apparent suicide. in my opinionthe movie needs some editing work,cut some unnecessary scenes that mayconfuse the viewers,by the middle you have to pay a lot of attentionbecause it is easy to get lost in the plot, i also believe that themovie last a little bit to long but in the end you start to gather allthe pieces together and make your own conclusion i really enjoy themovie and sure you won't be disappointed!!

    10. rstef1 from Philadelphia, PA
      29 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm

      The first 65 or 70 minutes of this giallo-esque thriller rate 8 stars,unfortunately, the next 40 minutes require the characters to all startbehaving in extremely uncharacteristic ways or as if they were completeidiots in order for the rest of the plot to unfold. That's a shame asthe directing chores are nicely handled, the acting by the entire castis good and the storyline is quite intriguing. There are plenty ofmoments of terrific suspense, a la Wait Until Dark and See No Evil, anda solid and suspenseful ending that doesn't go in for the typicalHollywood happy finish. Overall, I was impressed with the film, justdisappointed that the screenwriter got lazy toward the final third andlet the rest of the film down.

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