Film / In Your Eyes
In Your Eyes
is a 2014 science-fiction romance film directed by Brin Hill and written and executive produced by Joss Whedon
. It is the second film from Bellwether Pictures—Whedon and his wife Kai Cole's production company—following 2013's Much Ado About Nothing
. It premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival on April 20th, 2014, at which it was also made available world-wide to rent on Vimeo. You can do so here
The story follows two people, Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David), who discover that they have a strange supernatural connection with each other: Despite living on opposite sides of the country, they can experience each other's senses.
This film contains examples of:
- Abusive Dad: Rebecca's father, "the scariest man who ever lived."
- The Atoner - Dylan is on parole after spending some time in prison for B+E/robbery.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Dylan is described as this — a very smart guy mixed up with the wrong kind of people.
- Buffy Speak: It's a Joss Whedon movie, all right. In a drunken conversation, Dylan calls himself a "criminal element man-type".
- Childhood Friend Romance: A bizarre example, Dylan and Rebecca have actually been present in eachother's lives since they were children, with neither one of them knowing the other was a real person until years later.
- Colour Coded Characters / Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: It's quite subtle, but throughout the film Rebecca is associated with cold tones and Dylan with warm ones, as she lives in snowy New Hampshire, wears monochrome outfits and blue a lot and spends a lot of time in a dark, vaguely blue-ishly lit house, while Dylan lives in the New Mexico desert and wears reds and browns, his house is very warm-toned and even in his darker spaces (the bar, outside in the evening, etc) the light is generally firelight or heavily golden.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Since both Dylan and Rebecca can experience each other's senses, this doubles as their love scene in the movie.
- Domestic Abuser: Rebecca's husband, Philip, an emotionally abusive Control Freak who corrects her constantly, forces her to change clothes, reads her the riot act for having a breakdown, throws out anything that connects her to her past and, in the end, has her medicated and committed to a mental institution when he believes she is cheating on him.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Dylan is notably smarter than most of the people around him, leaving him with few meaningful social connections and an obvious dissatisfaction over his lot in life.
- Long Distance Relationship - An unusual play on the concept, since Rebecca and Dylan have never met in person at all when they become aware of each other, several hundred miles apart.
- Not So Different: Dylan and Rebecca are both, at their core, rather lonely people, and take fairly quickly to their newfound bond partly because it gives them each a way to escape the constraints of their daily lives.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: See Colour Coded Characters - not a completely straightforward example of this trope, but some elements are present; Dylan (the Red) is an ex-con who occasionally gets into fights in bars and is on the surface more laid-back and easygoing than Rebecca (the Blue), who lives a convention-bound and apparently perfectly serene lifestyle with her doctor husband and bottles up all her negative emotions.
- Smug Snake: Philip, who is far too sure of himself and his brilliance.
- Synchronization: The main premise of the movie.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Dylan's friends from school and criminal confederates, Bo and Lyle. Bo's the dunce, Lyle's the smart one.