Julia’s Eyes (Los Ojos De Julia)


(out of 5)

A woman with a degenerating eye condition () discovers that her twin sister hanged herself after having already gone completely blind. Devastated by her loss, Rueda travels to her sister’s home with her concerned husband () and comes across scant evidence that only she believes that points to the possibility that her sister was actually driven to kill herself by an attacker. When her investigation finds her being pursued by an invisible man with a terrifying habit of taking pictures using blindingly bright flash, the audience starts to fall for her story even though the people around her are incredulous. Imagine the terror that sets in, then, when our heroine’s eyesight starts to take a turn for the worse thanks to the stress she is putting herself under, and the threat from the bad guy only gets more intense. This is a sensationally enjoyable thriller from relatively new director Guillem Morales, who follows in the footsteps of J.A. Bayona’s The Orphanage (also starring Rueda and produced by Guillermo Del Toro) to create a wonderful combination of chills, (intentional) laughs and unabashedly purple melodrama. It hooks you into its mysteries from the beginning and never lets you go until the terrifying conclusion, along the way inducing the odd heart attack.

Antena 3 Films, Canal+ España, Catalan Films & TV, Generalitat de Catalunya – Institut Català de les Indústries Culturals, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Mesfilms, Rodar y Rodar Cine y Televisión, Televisió de Catalunya, Universal Pictures International

Spain, 2010

Directed by

Screenplay by Guillem Morales,

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2010


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