Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Jasmine Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn’t think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well.
Indeed, the film excels most during Farah's performances, where both director and actor seem to be at their most passionate. But even outside of those moments, there's also an underlying musicality to the filmmaking overall, in the way the camera tracks Farah's movements, the smooth editing, and of course, the melodious score. If it's true that music is the universal language, it's therefore no wonder this film is such a compelling, empathetic success.
Shane Slater (Film Actually)
We watch an event unfold (the Arab Spring affected millions of people across many Middle Eastern countries) through the eyes of one young girl and two police officers. It’s stark, and incredibly powerful. (…) As I Open My Eyes is a snapshot of history. It is also a carefully and expertly woven story, which explores passion, sexuality, mother-daughter relationships, a country at war with itself, and a young girl caught up in the middle of it all. It’s fierce and bold, and you should definitely see it.
Becky Kukla (Film Inquiry)
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