I've never seen anything like The Eyes Of My Mother, which screened at Fantastic Fest last month. Lazy comparisons might invoke slasher films in which the killer is the protagonist - Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, etc. But those films feature leads who are aware of their place in the larger world, and those filmmakers deliver movies that are keenly aware of the serial killer/slasher milieu in which those films exist. That's not true of The Eyes Of My Mother. It's a film about a killer who, due to a defining event in her childhood, has no advanced understanding of death, the outside world, or her actions. The entire film is shown from this very damaged psyche's point of view, and as such it's a rattling, singular experience that offers no relief or respite for the viewer. You're gonna love it.
Detailing too much of the plot would underserve the film, and thankfully the new trailer seems to know this, instead confidently weaving a mood of eerie dread using a single moment from the film.
Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing's synopsis is below; The Eyes Of My Mother opens in select theaters and on VOD December 2nd.
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 shatters the idyll of Francisca's family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening 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 dark form. Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting visual compositions evoke its protagonist's isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genre-inflected, but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/director Nicolas Pesce's feature debut allows only an elliptical presence in Francisca's world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places.