Worth a viewing...
BM | Augusta, GA USA | 08/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was at the video store and picked this one up on a whim, recently having become an avid foreign film watcher.The movie focuses on a couple (Sergi Lopez and Paz Vega) and their stormy relationship. The two meet at the office where he works and she has just gotten a job. Things start off well. He gets along with her family and friends. She becomes fast friends with his coworker's wife (Elvira Minguez). She becomes pregnant with their first child. He sees that she has been smoking one day and hits her. This is the first signs of the violence that only escalates after the child is born. She confides in her friends and family, who initially play it off, but soon become worried when she starts to show bruises. The two get a divorce but he continues to follow her and, when she tries to get some justice, the court system fails her. She tries to make well with him but comes to the realization that she dislikes him greatly after all he's done, leading to a climactic ending. Sometimes the melodrama is a bit cheesy, but you can feel her fear as she gets no help from the justice system and must take matters into her own hands. Lopez effectively portrays a man who seems to know he's done wrong, yet can't find a way to change himself. Good performances all around. Worth a viewing."
The eternal ritornello!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 11/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The typical aberrant behavior of the best known Latin expression "machismo" -that fortunately is decreasing- is shown with all the brutal realism.
The sudden transformation of a man who was in love, occurs precisely after knowing his happy wife is pregnant. The gradual tension will be increasing when the violence speech and the physical agressions become normal.
The levels of desperation and slow but effective arousing about the awful reality of this distorted situation will resolve violently. It seems that there is no way out.
Extraordinary script, and fabulous performances, specially in what Paz Vega, the raising and promising Spanish actress concerns.
A theme that securely, will be the cause of similar adaptations in the near future. It is time to open the closed respect this miserable way of behavior.
Great film performed by a great cast.
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 04/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This first scene of this film caught my attention immediately, it was sort of telling me "Sit tight and pay attention Jenny." "Sólo mía' is another film about gender violence in the family. It adopts a totally different attitude to the subject matter when compared with Icíar Bollaín's film which is at once more subtle in its telling.
`Sólo mía' shoves the nitty-gritty between your teeth so that you can choke on it: some of the scenes are too explicit, one might argue, and are numerously frequent; in `Te doy Mis Ojos' the hard subject matter is more carefully handled.
However, Paz Vega, who starred in `Lucía y el Sexo' (qv) the same year, put in a recommendable performance as the badly beaten and tortured young mother; Sergi López as her husband plays his part well, though at times seemed to over forcefully portray his performance, thus almost beggaring belief. It should be said that his role was very tricky, to say the least. I feel that Luis Tosar carried off his performance in `Te doy Mis Ojos' more convincingly, with better balancing between the extremes of tensions and feelings.
The rest of the cast form a good back-up to the leading couple.
This film also points an accusing finger at the legal system, in which hypocritical legalities and aloofness does little - or nothing - to help solve this horrifying situation so evident today in so many headlines in Spain today. Something has got to be done: more than 70 women were killed in `gender violence' in Spain in 2003. At the end it's a great film, I truly admire European cinema that doesn't sugar coat their films. Highly recommended.
Paz Vega can do almost everything.
Esteban J. Trejo Jimenez | 04/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed this movie, really, it's part of the human culture, the man feels that the woman is a property, then he can do anything without limits. As humans we should know that every experience is wonderful if we share and make some others happy but with this movie I realiced that human is looking for happines somewhere else.
She made me feel that sad and powerless that every abused woman feel all the world arround, not just in Spain, Mexico or America.