History Film / VanillaSky

16th Feb '18 7:32:35 PM thelocalbaloneysupply
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* ActorInspiredElement: Yet another film featuring Tom Cruise running. There are a number of arguments as to why this is such a common occurrence [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzBUkdP0iDw]], but he runs in a good percentage of his films.[[http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/a-definitive-ranking-of-tom-cruises-running-in-every-film-in-which-he-runs/4/]]

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* ActorInspiredElement: Yet another film featuring Tom Cruise running. There are a number of arguments as to why this is such a common occurrence [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzBUkdP0iDw]], but he runs in a good percentage of his films.[[http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/a-definitive-ranking-of-tom-cruises-running-in-every-film-in-which-he-runs/4/]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Q2MgdMskQ]]
16th Feb '18 7:19:10 PM thelocalbaloneysupply
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* ActorInspiredElement: Yet another film featuring Tom Cruise running. There are a number of arguments as to why this is such a common occurrence [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzBUkdP0iDw]], but he runs in a good percentage of his films.[[http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/a-definitive-ranking-of-tom-cruises-running-in-every-film-in-which-he-runs/4/]]
16th Feb '18 4:15:35 PM thelocalbaloneysupply
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** "The subconscious is a powerful thing."
16th Feb '18 4:09:24 PM thelocalbaloneysupply
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* SignificantAnagram: Rearranging the letters of the name David Aames reveals the phrase [[spoiler:"I am saved."]]
7th Feb '18 4:45:07 PM Luigifan
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David Aames (Creator/TomCruise) tells the story from a prison cell to his psychiatrist, Curtis [=McCabe=] (Creator/KurtRussell), while wearing a prosthetic mask he refuses to take off: David was a MillionairePlayboy who inherited a publishing company after the death of his father. He met Sofia (Creator/PenelopeCruz). As they became instantly attracted to each other, he brushed aside his [[FriendsWithBenefits "fuck buddy"]], Julianna (Creator/CameronDiaz). When Julianna heard of this, she tried to kill herself [[TakingYouWithMe and David]] in a car accident. She died but David survived with a disfigured face. He is haunted by increasingly bizarre occurrences.

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David Aames (Creator/TomCruise) tells the story from a prison cell to his psychiatrist, Curtis [=McCabe=] (Creator/KurtRussell), while wearing a prosthetic mask he refuses to take off: David was a MillionairePlayboy who inherited a publishing company after the death of his father. He met Sofia (Creator/PenelopeCruz). As they became instantly attracted to each other, he brushed aside his [[FriendsWithBenefits "fuck buddy"]], Julianna (Creator/CameronDiaz). When [[WomanScorned Julianna heard of this, this]], [[DrivenToSuicide she tried to kill herself herself]] [[TakingYouWithMe and David]] in a car accident. She died died, but David survived with a disfigured face. He is haunted by increasingly bizarre occurrences.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The facial disfigurement of the protagonist is notably less pronounced than the one in original Spanish film.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The facial disfigurement of the protagonist is notably less pronounced than the one in the original Spanish film.



** Creator/RogerEbert described the film as such: "Think it all the way through, and Cameron Crowe's ''Vanilla Sky'' is a scrupulously moral picture. It tells the story of a man who has just about everything, thinks he can have it all, is given a means to have whatever he wants, and loses it because--well, maybe because he has a conscience." [[spoiler:David could have lived out his lucid dream in peace and happiness, but his guilt over his careless treatment of Julie, which led to her suicide, resulted in the "glitch" which caused disruptions in his dream.]]
* AlienSky: The sky is the same milky orange with white clouds [[spoiler:as the sky in David's mother's favorite painting, so his subconscious made it that color all the time.]]
* AllJustADream: An unusual example, in that different interpretations of the film tend to boil down not to whether the film is [[spoiler:a dream or not, but rather to how ''much'' of it is.]] The most basic interpretation is that offered by [[spoiler:tech support: after the nightclub scene, David never saw Sofia again, signed a contract with Life Extension and put himself into a coma in which he dreamed the events of the latter half of the film. The bizarre occurrences were glitches due to his repressed guilt over Julianna. In the end, David decides to wake up from the dream.]] Alternate interpretations argue that [[spoiler:the entire film is a dream, or that the latter two-thirds of the film are David's dream during his coma.]]

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** Creator/RogerEbert described the film as such: "Think it all the way through, and Cameron Crowe's ''Vanilla Sky'' is a scrupulously moral picture. It tells the story of a man who has just about everything, thinks he can have it all, is given a means to have whatever he wants, and loses it because--well, because -- well, maybe because he has a conscience." [[spoiler:David could have lived out his lucid dream in peace and happiness, but his guilt over his careless treatment of Julie, which led to her suicide, resulted in the "glitch" which caused disruptions in his dream.]]
* AlienSky: The sky is the same milky orange with white clouds [[spoiler:as the sky in David's mother's favorite painting, so his subconscious made it that color all the time.]]
time]].
* AllJustADream: An unusual example, in that different interpretations of the film tend to boil down not to whether the film is [[spoiler:a dream or not, but rather to how ''much'' of it is.]] is]]. The most basic interpretation is that offered by [[spoiler:tech support: after the nightclub scene, David never saw Sofia again, signed a contract with Life Extension and put himself into a coma in which he dreamed the events of the latter half of the film. The bizarre occurrences were glitches due to his repressed guilt over Julianna. In the end, David decides to wake up from the dream.]] dream]]. Alternate interpretations argue that [[spoiler:the entire film is a dream, or that the latter two-thirds of the film are David's dream during his coma.]]coma]].



** Everything [[spoiler: tech support]] says is true.

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** Everything [[spoiler: tech [[spoiler:tech support]] says is true.



* BettyAndVeronica: Subverted - David makes it clear from the very beginning that he has no real interest in Julianna (the "Veronica" of the two) and is really just using her for casual sex.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Subverted - David makes it clear from the very beginning that he has no real interest in Julianna (the "Veronica" of the two) and is really just using her for casual sex.



* DreamWithinADream: [[spoiler: David has several dreams during the movie.]]
** And in the end, we cannot say for sure that [[spoiler: David has woken up]]. After all, he [[spoiler: wakes with Sofia telling him to "open his eyes" - and we didn't see him hit the ground (he is terrified about the impact, not about the heights). Maybe the entire movie was [[EpilepticTrees just the tech support fixing the glitch?]]]]

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* DreamWithinADream: [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David has several dreams during the movie.]]
** And in the end, we cannot say for sure that [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David has woken up]]. After all, he [[spoiler: wakes [[spoiler:wakes with Sofia telling him to "open his eyes" - and we didn't see him hit the ground (he is terrified about the impact, not about the heights). Maybe the entire movie was [[EpilepticTrees just the tech support fixing the glitch?]]]]



* DrivenToSuicide: Julianna [[spoiler: and David.]]
* DyingDream

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* DrivenToSuicide: Julianna [[spoiler: and David.]]
[[spoiler:and David]].
* DyingDreamDyingDream: Possibly.



** Fun drinking game: count how many times someone mentions [[spoiler: dreams or nightmares]], or admonishes David to [[spoiler: wake up]].

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** Fun drinking game: count how many times someone mentions [[spoiler: dreams [[spoiler:dreams or nightmares]], or admonishes David to [[spoiler: wake [[spoiler:wake up]].



** A specific example: David's car has a sticker on it which reads 2/30/01. As the 30th of February does not occur in the Gregorian calendar, this may be a subtle hint that [[spoiler:the ''entire film'' is AllJustADream.]]
* FriendsWithBenefits: David has a "Fuck Buddy" relationship with Julianna. Julianna takes things a little more seriously and when she finds out the true nature of the relationship, it doesn't end well.
* FunWithAcronyms : Ellie for L.E.
* GainaxEnding

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** A specific example: David's car has a sticker on it which reads 2/30/01. As the 30th of February does not occur in the Gregorian calendar, this may be a subtle hint that [[spoiler:the ''entire film'' is AllJustADream.]]
AllJustADream]].
* FriendsWithBenefits: David has a "Fuck Buddy" relationship with Julianna. Julianna takes things a little more seriously seriously, and when she finds out the true nature of the relationship, [[WomanScorned it doesn't end well.
well]].
* FunWithAcronyms : FunWithAcronyms: Ellie for L.E.
* GainaxEndingGainaxEnding: See “AmbiguousEnding” above.



* GoodCopBadCop: When David begins to become rowdy and aggressive during his first session with [=McCabe=], the supervising police officer in the next room comes inside and yells at him, before the mild-mannered [=McCabe=] intervenes and asks him to leave, before resuming his line of questioning. David lampshades the "good cop, bad cop" approach immediately afterwards. [[spoiler:Makes sense: the entire encounter is part of David's dreams which he's constructed from the popular culture he's experienced - of course the cops act like the cops in the movies, because he ''expects'' them to.]]

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* GoodCopBadCop: When David begins to become rowdy and aggressive during his first session with [=McCabe=], the supervising police officer in the next room comes inside and yells at him, before the mild-mannered [=McCabe=] intervenes and asks him to leave, before resuming his line of questioning. David lampshades the "good cop, bad cop" approach immediately afterwards. [[spoiler:Makes sense: the entire encounter is part of David's dreams which he's constructed from the popular culture he's experienced - of course the cops act like the cops in the movies, because he ''expects'' them to.]]



* {{Homage}}: David is a fan of French new wave films, which [[spoiler: later influenced the characters and situations he creates within the lucid dream]]. In reference to this, jump cuts reminiscent of Godard films pop up here and there.
* HopeSpot: The morning after the nightclub, it looks like things are starting to turn around for David: he undergoes facial reconstruction, begins a relationship with Sofia and he and Brian repair their friendship. [[spoiler:Then Julie makes a reappearance.]]

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* {{Homage}}: David is a fan of French new wave films, which [[spoiler: later [[spoiler:later influenced the characters and situations he creates within the lucid dream]]. In reference to this, jump cuts reminiscent of Godard films pop up here and there.
* HopeSpot: The morning after the nightclub, it looks like things are starting to turn around for David: he undergoes facial reconstruction, begins a relationship with Sofia Sofia, and he and Brian repair their friendship. [[spoiler:Then Julie makes a reappearance.]]



* {{Infodump}}: During the exceptionally long ClimacticElevatorRide, [[spoiler:tech support explains all the MindScrew in the film up to that point in truly exhaustive detail, and then continues when the elevator reaches the roof.]]
* InformedAbility : Sofia is supposed to be a professional dancer, but her moves on the dance floor in the nightclub don't indicate this. Granted, in this case she's merely dancing for fun, whereas there's an earlier scene showing her practising in a ballet studio.

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* {{Infodump}}: During the exceptionally long ClimacticElevatorRide, [[spoiler:tech support explains all the MindScrew in the film up to that point in truly exhaustive detail, and then continues when the elevator reaches the roof.]]
roof]].
* InformedAbility : InformedAbility: Sofia is supposed to be a professional dancer, but her moves on the dance floor in the nightclub don't indicate this. Granted, in this case case, she's merely dancing for fun, whereas there's an earlier scene showing her practising in a ballet studio.



* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: Well, TheReveal is like this to a phrase said much, much earlier.]]

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* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: Well, [[spoiler:Well, TheReveal is like this to a phrase said much, much earlier.]]



* LampshadeHanging/ThisIsReality: When the founder of Life Extension is being interviewed on television, he himself admits that the company's product "sounds like something out of science fiction".

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* LampshadeHanging/ThisIsReality: LampshadeHanging[=/=]ThisIsReality: When the founder of Life Extension is being interviewed on television, he himself admits that the company's product "sounds like something out of science fiction".



--> [[spoiler: '''Ventura''' [pointing towards the camera]: Your panel of observers are waiting for you to choose.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''David''': *looks towards the camera*]]
** [[spoiler: The "splice", when David's "real" life ends and his lucid dream begins, happens at almost exactly the halfway point of the film.]]

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--> [[spoiler: '''Ventura''' [[spoiler:'''Ventura''' [pointing towards the camera]: Your panel of observers are waiting for you to choose.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''David''': [[spoiler:'''David''': *looks towards the camera*]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The "splice", when David's "real" life ends and his lucid dream begins, happens at almost exactly the halfway point of the film.]]



* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the original ''Open Your Eyes'', which was [[DarkerAndEdgier darker, crueler and scarier]].

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* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the original ''Open Your Eyes'', which was [[DarkerAndEdgier darker, crueler crueler, and scarier]].



* MajorityShareDictator: Upon his father's death, David is given 51% control of his father's company, with the remaining 49% split equally between seven board members. A sub-plot in the film revolves around the board's efforts to assume control of David's share and put a stop to the essentially dictatorial control he enjoys over the company despite being an absent-minded Millionaire Playboy.

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* MajorityShareDictator: Upon his father's death, David is given 51% control of his father's company, with the remaining 49% split equally between seven board members. A sub-plot in the film revolves around the board's efforts to assume control of David's share and put a stop to the essentially dictatorial control he enjoys over the company despite being an absent-minded Millionaire Playboy.MillionairePlayboy.



* NonIndicativeName: The service Life Extension offers is called "Lucid Dream". Rather misleading considering that real-life lucid dreams are dreams in which the dreamer is ''aware'' that he or she is dreaming.

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* NonIndicativeName: The service Life Extension offers is called "Lucid Dream". Rather misleading misleading, considering that real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream lucid dreams dreams]] are dreams in which the dreamer is ''aware'' that he or she is dreaming.



* PropertyOfLove: Defied - In her heart Julianna truly belongs to David, and they both know it. Yet they pretend to simply be [[EthicalSlut friends who have fun together]], and it works just fine... [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Until it doesn't]].
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: David can manipulate the reality of his lucid dream at will.]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The Seven Dwarves. Although David suspects them of being involved, they actually have nothing to do with the strange things that happen to him.]]
* ReferenceOverdosed: According to WordOfGod, there are 429 pop-culture references in the film, 428 of which were intentional. Bizarrely, many of these references actually directly influence the plot, almost to the point of deconstructing the idea of pop-culture references in fiction: [[spoiler: tech support explains that many of the characters and situations he created in his lucid dream were derived from the popular culture he experienced when younger]].
** One scene duplicates the album cover of ''Music/TheFreewheelinBobDylan''. [[spoiler: Which turns out to be the clue to David's character that he has dreamt his memories about Sofia, because his memory of them two walking on Times Square is just a memory of Dylan's album cover, which he confused with reality.]]
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: David jokingly evokes this trope following the [[spoiler: car crash]], only he substitutes in "mildly" for "greatly".

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* PropertyOfLove: Defied - In — in her heart heart, Julianna truly belongs to David, and they both know it. Yet they pretend to simply be [[EthicalSlut friends who have fun together]], and it works just fine... [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Until it doesn't]].
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David can manipulate the reality of his lucid dream at will.]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Seven Dwarves. Although David suspects them of being involved, they actually have nothing to do with the strange things that happen to him.]]
* ReferenceOverdosed: According to WordOfGod, there are 429 pop-culture references in the film, 428 of which were intentional. Bizarrely, many of these references actually directly influence the plot, almost to the point of deconstructing the idea of pop-culture references in fiction: [[spoiler: tech [[spoiler:tech support explains that many of the characters and situations he created in his lucid dream were derived from the popular culture he experienced when younger]].
** One scene duplicates the album cover of ''Music/TheFreewheelinBobDylan''. [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which turns out to be the clue to David's character that he has dreamt his memories about Sofia, because his memory of the two of them two walking on Times Square is just a memory of Dylan's album cover, which he confused with reality.]]
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: David jokingly evokes this trope following the [[spoiler: car [[spoiler:car crash]], only he substitutes in "mildly" for "greatly".



* SoundtrackDissonance: Frequently when licensed music is used. Special note go to [[spoiler: Sofia's death]] and the sequence in which [[spoiler: David realizes he's dreaming]] - to the sounds of "Good Vibrations" by Music/TheBeachBoys.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Frequently when licensed music is used. Special note go to [[spoiler: Sofia's death]] and the sequence in which [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David realizes he's dreaming]] - to the sounds of "Good Vibrations" by Music/TheBeachBoys.



* TropeMaker / OlderThanTheyThink: ''Vanilla Sky''[=/=]''Abre los Ojos'' beat ''Film/{{Inception}}'' to the punch by more than ten years, in terms of exploring the idea of medically-induced lucid dreams.

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* TropeMaker / OlderThanTheyThink: TropeMaker[=/=]OlderThanTheyThink: ''Vanilla Sky''[=/=]''Abre los Ojos'' beat ''Film/{{Inception}}'' to the punch by more than ten years, in terms of exploring the idea of medically-induced lucid dreams.



* UnexpectedlyAbandoned: The opening scene features David running and screaming as he discovers downtown Manhattan is completely deserted.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Subverted, leading to FridgeBrilliance. After the accident David mentions that, in addition to getting his face disfigured, he broke his arm, which affected his mobility thereof somewhat. He's later seen moving the arm in question rather awkwardly, and his medical team offer to do something about it when he complains about his facial disfigurement. Upon waking up the morning after the nightclub scene, however, his arm is never brought up again and he seems to have inexplicably regained full use of it, despite never receiving additional surgery on it. [[spoiler:This is a subtle hint that he is, in fact, dreaming.]]

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* UnexpectedlyAbandoned: The opening scene features David running and screaming [[SkywardScream screaming]] as he discovers downtown Manhattan is completely deserted.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Subverted, leading to FridgeBrilliance. After the accident accident, David mentions that, in addition to getting his face disfigured, he broke his arm, which affected his mobility thereof somewhat. He's later seen moving the arm in question rather awkwardly, and his medical team offer to do something about it when he complains about his facial disfigurement. Upon waking up the morning after the nightclub scene, however, his arm is never brought up again and he seems to have inexplicably regained full use of it, despite never receiving additional surgery on it. [[spoiler:This is a subtle hint that he is, in fact, dreaming.]]



* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler: David ''apparently'' beats Sofia, but has no memory of it and resoundingly denies it. Later, he smothers her to death with a pillow. Of course, both of these events only happened in his dream.]]
* YearOutsideHourInside: [[spoiler: While David has only spent a few years (maximum) in his dream, 150 have passed outside.]]

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* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David ''apparently'' beats Sofia, but has no memory of it and resoundingly denies it. Later, he smothers her to death with a pillow. Of course, both of these events only happened in his dream.]]
* YearOutsideHourInside: [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While David has only spent a few years (maximum) in his dream, 150 have passed outside.]]
21st Dec '17 1:40:17 AM BoukenDutch
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* MajorityShareDictator: Upon his father's death, David is given 51% control of his father's company, with the remaining 49% split equally between seven board members. A sub-plot in the film revolves around the board's efforts to assume control of David's share and put a stop to the essentially dictatorial control he enjoys over the company despite being an absent-minded Millionaire Playboy.
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* PropertyOfLove: Brutally defied - In her heart Julianna truly belongs to David, and they both know it. Yet they pretend to simply be [[EthicalSlut friends who have fun together]], and it works just fine... [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Until it doesn't]].

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* PropertyOfLove: Brutally defied Defied - In her heart Julianna truly belongs to David, and they both know it. Yet they pretend to simply be [[EthicalSlut friends who have fun together]], and it works just fine... [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Until it doesn't]].
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--> '''David:''': Good. Because, for a minute there, I thought we were talking about a FUCKING MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASK!!!

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--> '''David:''': Good. Because, for a minute there, I thought we were talking about a [[SuddenlyShouting FUCKING MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASK!!!MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASK!!!]]
30th Apr '17 10:09:40 AM nombretomado
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''Vanilla Sky'' is a 2001 psychological thriller starring TomCruise, and adapted and directed by Creator/CameronCrowe. It is a close remake of the original Spanish ''Open Your Eyes'' (''Abre Los Ojos'', Alejandro Amenábar's second film), with the interesting fact that Creator/PenelopeCruz played the same character in both movies.

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''Vanilla Sky'' is a 2001 psychological thriller starring TomCruise, Creator/TomCruise, and adapted and directed by Creator/CameronCrowe. It is a close remake of the original Spanish ''Open Your Eyes'' (''Abre Los Ojos'', Alejandro Amenábar's second film), with the interesting fact that Creator/PenelopeCruz played the same character in both movies.
6th Jan '17 7:28:00 PM nombretomado
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* TropeMaker / OlderThanTheyThink: ''Vanilla Sky''[=/=]''Abre los Ojos'' beat ''{{Inception}}'' to the punch by more than ten years, in terms of exploring the idea of medically-induced lucid dreams.

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* TropeMaker / OlderThanTheyThink: ''Vanilla Sky''[=/=]''Abre los Ojos'' beat ''{{Inception}}'' ''Film/{{Inception}}'' to the punch by more than ten years, in terms of exploring the idea of medically-induced lucid dreams.
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