Film Review: The Eyes of My Mother

The Eyes of My Mother is a striking directorial debut from Nicolas Pesce. The brooding gothic picture both ensnares and alarms.

Francisca is a young girl growing up on an isolated farm with her parents. Her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches young Francisca about anatomy as they tend to their cattle. When visitor arrives, the course of Francisca’s life will change…

Filmed in black and white and populated with sparse dialogue, The Eyes of My Mother is arresting in its look and tone. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, the film matches its striking visuals with a unorthodox narrative. It is unclear where exactly the film will go, but an air of foreboding is palpable.

The Eyes of My Mother is separated into three acts; the first of which takes place when Francisca is a child. This facilitates activity which occurs in the remaining two acts. In one sense, the film focuses on the protagonist at important stages of her growth. There is pivotal moment in her childhood, her coming of age, and her yearning of family. Yet these events, and indeed the film overall, have a disturbing dynamic.

The beauty of Pesce’s film is that it does not reveal too much. Rather than spoon-feed viewers, Pesce drops hints without ever overtly confirming. The result of these is an intriguing examination of a character. Francisca is a protagonist who elicits both sympathy and horror. The Eyes of My Mother is a better film for letting viewers draw their own conclusions.

Cinematography in the film is pivotal in setting the tone. This is ably assisted by the soundtrack. Kiki Magalhaeys is brilliant as Francisca, playing the role with an indispensable ambiguity. She plays a protagonist that is intriguing amongst the horror that takes place. The Eyes of My Mother lingers in the mind long after the credits have rolled.

The Eyes of My Mother is in cinemas from 24th March 2017.

Previews: Baywatch Poster, Logan, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including a moving Baywatch poster, The Eyes of My Mother, A Cure for Wellness, and more…

Baywatch Poster

Zac Efron promotes his new film in this moving Baywatch poster. The film, based on the 1990s television show, the film stars Efron, alongside Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra, and Alexandra Daddario. Baywatch hits the big screen on 31st May 2017.

The Eyes of My Mother

Gothic horror The Eyes of My Mother looks intriguing. The directorial debut of Nicolas Pesce, the film is about a young women whose dark curiosities are triggered following a tragedy in her life. Starring Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, and Clara Wong, The Eyes of My Mother will be released in UK cinemas on 24th march 2017.

A Cure for Wellness Clip

A Cure for Wellness looks rather creepy, if the above clip is anything to go by. The film stars Dane DeHaan as a young executive sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a remote wellness centre. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film also stars Oscar Isaacs and Mia Goth. A Cure for Wellness will hit UK cinemas on 24th February 2017.

Certain Women Poster

Following Meek’s Cutoff and Night Moves, director Kelly Reichardt’s latest film is Certain Women. The film stars Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart as three women trying to forge there own paths in the plains of the American Northwest. Certain Women is out at UK cinemas on 3rd March 2017.

The Great Wall Featurette

Matt Damon describes The Great Wall as a “full-on battle monster movie” in the above featurette. He also speaks about his character, and the plot of the film. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Zhang Yimou, the film is out at UK cinemas on 17th February 2017.

Logan Trailer

Wolverine has turned babysitter in this latest X-Men movie. The film sees Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart reprise their roles in a dystopian road movie. James Mangold directs, and the film also stars Dafne Keen. Logan launches onto UK screens on 1st March 2017.

Beauty and the Beast Poster

Emma Watson looks very much the part of Belle in this latest Beauty and the Beast poster. From the images and clips revealed so far, this live-action remake is keeping the visual style of the original animated film. Also starring Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, and Ian McKellan, Beauty and the Beast is out on UK screens on 17th March 2017.

City of Tiny Lights Trailer

City of Tiny Lights very much evokes the look and feel of a neo-noir of decades past. Liz Ahmed stars as a deadbeat private eye whose services are engaged by a high-class prostitute. Also starring Billie Piper, City of Tiny Lights will be released in UK cinemas on 7th April 2017.