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 horrifyingly
shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the
young girl, but also awakening some 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 distinctly dark form.
Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting, and at times disturbing,
visual compositions of The Eyes of my Mother evoke its protagonist’s
isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genreinflected,
but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/
director Nicolas Pesce’s assured feature debut allows us only an elliptical
presence in Francisca’s world, guiding our imaginations to
follow her into peculiar, secret places.

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