A directorial debut for Nicolas Pesce that will put him under the radar for a lot of cinephiles.
The Eyes of My Mother is the directorial debut of Nicolas Pesce that up until now only worked on music videos. All in black & white, the film was shot in Cooperstown, a village in upstate New York, where the whole cast and crew lived together in harmony for about a month.
This was the first feature for a lot them, composer Ariel Loh was Pesce's roommate at the time and lead actress Kika Magalhaes (real name Francisca same as the character) worked closely to the director for about one year to develop her on screen alter ego.
There is not much talk, but be ready to read some subtitles as this is spoken half in English and half in Portuguese.
Plot: in a quiet and secluded farm somewhere in North America, daughter Francisca and her mother are having a conversation about eyes, as we all had at some point with our parents, when a guy shows up at their propriety.
With the excuse of using the bathroom gets in the house, slaughters the mother and when the father returns home and finds the stranger still in the middle of finishing off his wife, as one would, bashes his head in.
All while sweet young Francisca is calmly sitting on a kitchen chair and she then proceeds helping her dad clearing up the mess.
I feel like I said too much already, but do not worry, there are many more twists that await you as the story at this point only started to unfold.
I really loved this film a great deal, it's one of those movies that will make you sit at the edge of your seat, it's that enticing. There’s not really much onscreen gore, the story is more about one woman's struggle with personal relationships and finding someone that loves her back, with a lot of fucked up shit happening in between.
The Eyes Of My Mother is touching but more than anything creepy. If this is Pesce's first shot at writing/ directing a movie, I can only expect something equally or more amazing as his upcoming efforts.
Another trailer that pretty much tells you the whole story, so don't watch it!