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The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

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Critic Consensus: The Eyes of My Mother uses a shocking trauma to fuel a hauntingly hypnotic odyssey whose nightmarish chill lingers long after the closing credits.

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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.

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Cast

Kika Magalhaes
as Francisca
Will Brill
as Charlie
Clara Wong
as Kimiko
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Critic Reviews for The Eyes of My Mother

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (21)

It is a stark, dreadful vision - but one that is fascinatingly executed, with a compelling central performance from Kika Magalhaes as a matter-of-fact monster.

December 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Chilling and disturbing, this is not a film for the faint-hearted.

December 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Nicolas Pesce's debut feels unnervingly like a Diane Arbus photo that's been stretched into a film. Which is to say, it's unnerving.

December 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is what curdled Americana looks like - a Joel-Peter Witkin portfolio come to life and a vision of jus' folks weaned on isolation, madness, and good old Type O.

December 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pesce and I obviously don't agree on what constitutes effective (or maybe just productive) ambiguity. It's not a bad film ... it just isn't all there.

December 2, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Ms. Magalhaes, a former dancer, uses her expressive eyes and graceful limbs to bring the intimacy and sensuality of her actions to vivid life.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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Reminiscent of films like Excision and May.

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