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MY REVIEW
Reviewed by ricke17 GB / Joined ricke17 2015
If I Close My Eyes I'm Not Here
If I Close My Eyes I'm Not Here
If I Close My Eyes I'm Not Here
Italy, 2014, 110 minutes, HD Asian, Coming of Age
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4
02.09.15
This film has been critically acclaimed and this site seems to be the only one (AFAIK) which is streaming it when it was released on the 31st August. I took the plunge and rented it.
Essentially, this film centres around Kiko, Pilipino in origin but growing up in Italy. After the sudden death of his father , he is juggling school work and being forced to work in his mothers new boyfriends business. He is failing at school and often seeks refuge at a bus he has converted which has tender memories of his late father in it. A chance meeting with a "friend" of his late father seems to turn his life around. His new mentor helps him with his schooling and his grades improve. The shock revelation (which I won't disclose) from his mentor turns his life upside down. I won't reveal anymore as it is a film that needs to be watched as there are nuances and double entendre's that really make the viewer think. Parts of the film I was able to resonate with and I think the director done this well since it evoked emotions in me that had been dormant for a while. I only gave this 4.5 stars as it is a slow burner (you'll need to concentrate), and sometimes the subtitles were difficult to read. Worth renting and this seems to be exclusive (AFAIK) to Filmdoo.
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