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295 Ratings

The Eyes of My Mother

Directed by Nicolas Pesce
United States, 2016
Drama, Horror


In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death.

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The Eyes of My Mother Directed by Nicolas Pesce
Desperately hugging her father's corpse in clouded bath water, or swabbing inky pools of blood, Ms. Magalhaes, a former dancer, uses her expressive eyes and graceful limbs to bring the intimacy and sensuality of her actions to vivid life. As with Catherine Deneuve's character in "Repulsion" (1965), isolation has whipped latent disease into a full-blown pathology.
December 01, 2016
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At once briskly and deliberately paced, sustaining a precise narrative clarity even as it seems to flow with the logic of a nightmare, the film confounds expectations and defies easy categorization. Is it a high-art "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? A feminist rethink of the Ed Gein story? All of the above, perhaps, though it also turns out to be about something much more universal, which is a child's instinctive desire for companionship — a need that will ultimately be met, and by any means necessary.
December 01, 2016
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Nicolas Pesce's striking debut The Eyes of My Mother is also concerned with an outsider's madness in America... Pesce's colourless presentation and elliptical editing offer a blinkered perspective on events which replicates both the protagonist's ocular obsessions and the mutual incomprehension of Francisca and those she encounters. For this is a film in which a succession of horrors take place just out of sight, perpetrated by a (metaphorically) myopic heroine as blind as her victims.
October 07, 2016
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