Blue Eyelids

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Drama

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Time Out says

Tue May 5 2009

Directed with considerable maturity and refined delicacy by debutant Ernesto Contreras, this low-key lonely-hearts charmer outlines the coming together of two needy but awkwardly independent Mexico City singles. When self-contained twentysomething Marina (Cecilia Suárez) wins a two-week holiday for two, she invites old school friend Victor (Enrique Arreola) to accompany her.

The movie’s pleasures reside in the director and actors’ gentle ability to privilege the unexpected and to embrace the banal in the pair’s halting dalliance. They capture the pains, fears and difficulties of budding relationships, alongside a droll acceptance of the hesitations and barriers we all place in the way of new love. Ably mounted and shot, ‘Blue Eyelids’ is a welcome cliché-free zone, often touching and occasionally very funny, played out in a minor register suitable for the lives it describes.
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UK release:

Fri May 8, 2009

Duration:

93 mins

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Director:

Ernesto Contreras

Cast:

Cecilia Suárez, Enrique Arreola

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Technoguy

What is life, who are we,why are we here? questions that loom large in the life of the lonely, the awkward, the shy,the sat upon, the marginal,whose role is to play losers.Marina(Suarez), one of life’s losers, friendless with selfish relatives, is handed a winning ticket out of isolation. As an employee at a local factory in Mexico City,she wins an all-expenses-paid holiday for two from her work. She can go alone..but it is for two. Although initially unable to find someone to accompany her, she encounters Victor(Arreota) in a coffee bar. He says he knows her from school, but she can’t remember him or any of their school colleague’s. Her invite to join her on the trip prompts a series of dates that are by turns funny and awkward. Their attempt to get to know each other is painful, melancholic, realistic, wistfully humourous. She wears the uniform of a relationship for a package deal made for two, all the time the threads are unravelling as she picks at the gaps in the partnership and the private unrelated self shimmers in the gaps. Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautifully made film with excellent cinematography in a washed-out Mexico City, the leads impeccably acted.As to the result I’ll leave you to see. There is soundtrack of Ray Davies, Sebastian Schuller which is tasteful and a symbolical use of birds, caged and otherwise. See: under love.

tschill

Somebody had to tell the audience, that the great american narrative of Eternal Love for Everybody (TM) is a lie. I am glad, that it was a clever and crafty artist like Ernesto Contreras.

tschill

Somebody had to tell the audience, that the great american narrative of Eternal Love for Everybody (TM) is a lie. I am glad, that it was a clever and crafty artist like Ernesto Contreras.

marten

Emotionally intelligent, delicate and heartbreakingly ambiguous, Blue eyelids hauntingly leaves love and it's audience teetering on a fulcrum of hope and despair.

marten

Emotionally intelligent, delicate and heartbreakingly ambiguous, Blue eyelids hauntingly leaves love and it's audience teetering on a fulcrum of hope and despair.