In a Foreign Land | Chicago Reader

In a Foreign Land

Icíar Bollaín's Spanish drama Take My Eyes (2003) is a masterpiece of modern Spanish cinema, interweaving political and humanist concerns so closely that they seem inseparable. A lower-middle-class housewife gives her abusive husband another chance after he agrees to take part in anger-management counseling, and though the wife might seem like the more sympathetic character, Bollaín and cowriter Alicia Luna dare to present both spouses as victims of the social order (the husband comes to realize that his rage stems from his lack of social mobility and his need to maintain a traditional patriarchal household). Bollaín, who acted in films for more than a decade before she started directing, conveys her social observations primarily through nuances of character, yet her delicacy with the actors never compromises the toughness of her message. Continue reading >>

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