|Global Visions film series continues|
The sixth film of this season's Global Visions film series, "Take My Eyes" will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.
"Take My Eyes" is the award-willing film by Spanish film director Iciar Bollain, an exceptional, multi-award-winning Spanish drama that tackles a difficult subject — abusive marriage. Granted, some husbands are victims, but marriages like the one between Pilar (Laia Marull) and Antonio (Luis Tosar) are statistically far more common. After nine years of riding a marital roller-coaster of mutual devotion punctuated by manipulative threats and sudden beatings, Pilar escapes into the night with her 7-year-old son, seeking sanctuary in the home of her sister. Within seconds, Antonio is outside, begging forgiveness and promising to change while huffing and puffing like a Big Bad Wolf.
But where "Raging Bull" showed us a primitive brute beating his wife out of Neanderthal impulse, director Iciar Bollain (working from a screenplay she co-wrote with Alicia Luna) takes her extraordinary actors into a more universal realm of marital erosion, almost unfathomable in its emotional complexity. In charting this treacherous territory, Bollain maintains pitch-perfect focus on developments that can't be predicted. Family, friends, work and even physical location (the walled city of Toledo) emphasize a sense of entrapment in a perpetual cycle of abuse and apology.
"Take My Eyes" won the 2004 Goya (Spain's Oscar) for best film, director, actor, actress and screenplay. Tosar and Marull received best actor and first-runner-up best actress at the 2004 Seattle International Film Festival.
The Global Visions Film Series is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club, and is organized by Marcia Mikulak. The series is funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, email@example.com, 777-4718