Julia's Eyes (aka Los ojos de Julia) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Julia’s Eyes is a Spanish language horror/thriller that tells the tale of visually impaired Julia who is on the hunt of the man that murdered her twin sister Sara.
Sara, who too was visually impaired, had recently undergone an operation to restore her sight. However after the operation was unsuccessful she is found hanged in her basement? Julia, accompanied by her husband, searches her sister’s house and decides that there is something wrong with the situation. She and her sister had not spoken for months and so Julia is shocked to discover that Sara had a boyfriend. Julia’s investigations arouse her suspicions further and she attempts to track down her late sister’s boyfriend, however no one seems to know him, it is as though he was invisible.
The film takes a more sinister turn here as Julia, after undergoing the same operation as her sister, finds that her husband too has been murdered and that whilst she recovers, blindfolded in her sisters home, someone is stalking her in the night when her carer is not there.
The film is intriguing and unusual in its concept whilst the plot has several twists, some well hidden others rather obvious; but the film’s crowning jewel is its suspense. As much for much of the film Julia is blind or blindfolded the audience are not treated to the full view of her surroundings and are rather limited to close up, emotive shots of the protagonists face, at times the film visually almost looks like a romantic drama. However the lack of sight for the audience is well manipulated and it allows the film to provide the shock moments that horror films cherish.
It is an interesting film, that toys with aspects of seeing and being seen, yet in itself it is average as both a horror and a thriller and stands pale in compression to its more accomplished predecessor The Orphanage.