As I Open My Eyes

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As I Open My Eyes depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid's musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring.

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80/100
A headstrong young woman in Tunisia bucks her parents and her repressive society in Leyla Bouzid’s impressive debut.
63d ago
80/100
As I Open My Eyes is best when it observes the fraught but loving mother-daughter relationship between Hayet and Farah.
63d ago
Leyla Bouzid successfully dramatizes how young people eroticize peril and risk due to a lack of experience.
63d ago
Tunisian filmmaker Leyla Bouzid's feature debut stars Ghalia Benali as a mother who has a hard time keeping her rebellious rock chick daughter in check.
63d ago
"My country, oh my country, land of dust," sings eighteen-year-old Farah (Baya Medhaffer) as stage lights halo her curls in blue. "Your gates are closed, and bring misfortune."
63d ago
When these two are in top form at the story’s climax, it makes you wish a strong producer had induced Bouzid to toss the coming-of-age clichés and focus the entire film on the n...
63d ago
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