Psychodrama The Eyes of my Mother opens this Friday
Writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s deeply upsetting black and white psychodrama The Eyes of my Mother is a stunner of a horror movie; a stark, masterfully-crafted and admirably portrait of madness bred in the bone. In it, a little Portuguese girl named Francisca lives with her mother – a former surgeon – in a secluded farmhouse. When a giggling home invader does the unthinkable, a perverse chain of events unfolds that causes irreversible damage to Francisca’s mind. Years later, as a grown woman, she falls freely into madness and takes many people with her.
The film has been divisive to be sure, though it’s a given that a movie like The Eyes of My Mother will not be an easy pill for many to swallow. It’s “that” kind of horror movie. Love it. Hate it. No middle-ground. And this is a good thing, we think.
Full synopsis: In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a dark form. Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting visual compositions evoke its protagonist’s isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genre-inflected, but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s feature debut allows only an elliptical presence in Francisca’s world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places.
The Eyes of my Mother stars Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong, Diana Agostini and Olivia Bond.
In anticipation of the film’s theatrical, On Demand, iTunes and Amazon premiere December 2nd (from Magnet Releasing), we got our grip on two creepy new clips.
Watch and shiver…