Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, The Eyes of My Mother is an eerie black and white Americanfilm, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to a polarizing reception and was later acquired by Magnet Releasing.
Three clips from Pesce’s directorial debut was recently released to give horror hounds an early look at some of the bizarre moments in the unbalanced world of Francisca, a deeply traumatized young girl.
The Eyes of My Mother will drop in theaters and on VOD on December 2nd.
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/Nicolas Pesce’s feature debut allows only an elliptical presence in Francisca’s world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places.