Natalia de Molina
Rogelio Fernandez Diaz
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados) (NR)
Drama 108 June 27, 2014
Balding, bumbling, rotund English teacher Antonio (Javier Cámara), a compassionate soul with a teen girl's case of Beatlemania (his only classroom scene is an extended lesson on the meaning of "Help!"), road-trips from Albacete in hopes of meeting his idol. En route, he picks up a pregnant 20-year-old fleeing a convent (Natalia de Molina) and a mop-topped teenager (Francesc Colomer) fleeing his domineering dad, their leisurely bond along golden-brown vistas seemingly stronger than Franco's unseen, palpable tyranny. The film, and especially Cámara, are at their best when the trio quirkily schemes to get close to the Fab One, which becomes an understated tribute to the impossible dreamers of a turbulent era who believed there's nothing to get hung about.