Los Ojos De Julia (Julia’s Eyes)

Los Ojos De Julia (Julia’s Eyes) is a movie that deserves to be seen, and perhaps seen twice. I am still not fully convinced about the script but there is something attractive and poetic about it.
There is a point of view in the film, which is adopted with great intelligence by the director, whereby the camera prevents us from seeing, as indeed happens to the protagonist of the film, the face of people who are around her making them seem to be all murderous enemies.
The filmmaker makes us discover the mystery gradually thanks to a very unconvincing script but with skills that only great directors have (I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he would join the Hollywood bandwagon soon).
Something bothered me about the movie (the same thing that makes me not like most of the recent horror/thriller films): the sound effects. They were too loud and placed here and there in order to increase the dose of fright. Even if cleverly hidden away in the right places they were definitely not needed.
Written and directed by Guillem Morales, in collaboration with Oriol Paulo on the screenplay, and produced by the visionary director Guillermo del Toro, Los Ojos De Julia is a classic thriller. It had a vague Dario Argento (“The Cat o’ Nine Tails” and “Opera” of all, similarities can be easily found in some scenes) and Hitchcock resonance, while the structure reminded me of ‘Blind Terror’ by Richard Fleischer.

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