With how many “Is horror dead?” articles I’ve read this year, I want to put my finger into a light-socket to escape the buffoons of the world. The genre is alive and well and it’s actually one of my favorite years for horror in quite some time. One of the many reasons for that, beautifully shocking film titled THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (mini review) is just one of the examples of a film that transcends any labels, gives its viewers a gorgeous film filled with mood and dread and is a film that will most definitely be on my top 10 list for the year. Having been acquired by Magnet, the black and white gem of a film now has a new poster, trailer and release date (December 2nd) and we couldn’t recommend this one enough.
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.
Writer/Director: Nicolas Pesce
Cast: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong, Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond