Pesce's style is not necessarily uninteresting, but it does get frustrating when you consider how it's applied to Francisca's narrative. Arthouse horror flick "The Eyes of My Mother" actively alienates viewers by presenting episodes in a woman's life from a post-human, God-like perspective. Francisca's mother tells us early on that our eyes are where the soul resides. A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after … Her mixture of physical awkwardness and confidence, her haunting inhumanity and the film’s stillness around her, all strongly recall Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The Eyes of My Mother is a film that really pay off on many levels. I don't mind not knowing what makes a central character tick so long as I know why I don't understand her. A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life. It's also nice seeing a horror film that doesn't use rape and molestation as being the catalyst for being a fucked up monster. And also like those two debuts, Eyes of My Mother turns on a few key performances. I'm late on this one, but it's up there. When I watched "The Eyes of My Mother," I spent way too much time trying to figure out why I was looking at certain events, and not simply absorbing information. And they shoot in such high contrast that their compositions suggest Ingmar Berman making arty splatter films. Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. Unlike the film, the Beldam has human flesh in her true form, although her blood is described to be more like \"black tar\". When I watched "The Eyes of My Mother," I spent way too much time trying to figure out why I was looking at certain events, and not simply absorbing information. This FAQ is empty. The film often seems more like a series of vignettes than a narrative, and its dependence on shock value gets tiring. But Pesce balances out the story’s baldness with a slyly suggestive combination of extreme violence and subtler psychological manipulation. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Nicolas Pesce’s gory writing and directing debut Eyes of My Mother goes all-in on the idea of a remote location where horrible things can happen, and no one will ever know. Viewers don't get to see Francisca spending much time with her parents, but we do get the vague sense that she is a product of their personalities. But most of the time, it's unclear who's in charge: an authorial voice or a singular character. A better question would be: is this Francisca's story or a story about Francisca? Was this review helpful to you? Mother is clinical but warm while father is distant but stubborn. Certificate: 12 The Eyes of My Mother is an insightful, meaningful, and exquisitely beautiful horror film, and undoubtedly one of the genre's most important offerings . Francisca's brief, pre-traumatic interactions with her parents therefore establish a precedent for actions that cannot be reduced to post-traumatic shellshock. Pesce and I obviously don't agree on what constitutes effective (or maybe just productive) ambiguity. Title: (The Babadook and It Follows are terrific recent examples.). Still, it's hard to tell what exactly "The Eyes of My Mother" is trying to show us since it's never clear just how much agency Francisca has. Pesce and cinematographer Zach Kuperstein underline the film’s uncanniness by putting cameras in odd places: mounted on a body, on a tarp as a body is being dragged away, on a drone overlooking a house or a highway. Short answer: I'm not sure. Directed by Nicolas Pesce. Francisca isn't supposed to be a sympathetic character ... so why am I so bothered by the fact that I couldn't get close enough to understand her? She's not a victim, but she's not all there either. In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. Those time elapses are major problems for the story, which doesn’t entirely hold together, and leaves out so much information, especially in the abrupt ending, that it becomes distracting. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor shatters the idyll of Francisca's family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening unique curiosities. Kika Magalhaes makes the movie as the adult Francisca. As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home. We never really know what motivates Francisca's actions, so watching her try to seduce a young woman, or talk about her parents is hard. As the film opens, Francisca is a child living with her parents on a rural farm. A young woman, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh. Usually. newsletter. (2016). Then a grinning stranger named Charlie (Will Brill) arrives and demands access to the house. A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war. One of the most basic facts of horror writing is that real terror requires isolation. In that sense, Pesce doesn't encourage viewers to get inside Francisca's head, but rather to see her as a beautiful dust mote: she looks small when filmed in landscape shots that emphasize waving tree branches, distant shapes and the passage of time. A struggling painter's possessed by dark forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale. A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. Simon Abrams is a native New Yorker and freelance film critic whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. Eyes of my Mother is probably the most fucked up horror film I've seen this (2016) year. But what does it mean that we see Francisca's world from a macro scale? Eyes of My Mother is a problematic film that lurches from one ugly image to the next without making enough sense of the connections.

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