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Published November 13th 2014
So I read a brief synopsis of this movie and thought yeah I'd like to see it - but the brief synopsis I read didn't mention that it was in Spanish (ok, there were English subtitles) and that it was part of the Spanish Film Festival released earlier in the year and it's now showing at Luna Palace Cinemas.
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
Anyway, I caught the midday session at Luna SX at Fremantle. I had to fight my way through the seniors brigade and considering the crowd that was at the box office I expected the theatre to be packed - but there was a mere scattering of people inside cinema 4.
By the way, Luna SX is a quaint old movie theatre and it sells some reasonably priced tickets and food. I signed up to be a member ($25 per year) and I can buy $13 tickets - yay! And a small box of popcorn (a reasonable size and not large enough to give any guilt issues) for just $4.50.
So, back to the movie ...
A lovely feel-good movie based around a schoolteacher's "obsession" with The Beatles. He uses the songs to teach his class English and he dissects the meaning of their songs with his class (I wasn't aware of the themes behind the song "Help" and didn't actually think about it either but I am so much wiser now).
The schoolteacher hears about John Lennon coming to Spain to film a movie and sets off to meet him. Along the way the schoolteacher picks up two hitchhikers. The movie is the story of their journey and is based on true events.
I got used to the subtitles a couple of minutes into the movie and quite enjoyed the story. I was fast in reading subtitles so laughed out loud before the dialogue was completed.
There are no Hollywood inspired special effects just a genuinely enjoyable story on life with some sad and lots of funny bits.