Movie Review – The Eyes of My Mother (2017)

The Eyes of My Mother
Directed by Nicolas Pesce
Courtesy of Magnet Releasing
Release Date: March 7, 2017

THE EYES OF MY MOTHER is one of those movies you’re either going to love or hate. Much like THE WITCH, this film is cerebral horror, not the in-your-face, jump-scare horror that many people are accustomed to. As such, I can see many movie-goers disliking this one.

Personally, I loved it.

It is obviously not a traditional horror flick, and it actually made me think. Crammed full of stunning black-and-white visuals, with a haunting storyline, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER is a film I won’t soon forget. I was enthralled all the way through, right up to the startling conclusion. And I will confess: the final imagery haunted me for a while after the credits rolled. THE EYES OF MY MOTHER is truly a force to be reckoned with.

If you are not familiar with THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Magnet Releasing:

In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. But after a shocking event shatters their idyllic life, the young girl must cope with the nightmarish repercussions that echo into adulthood. As she matures, it becomes clear that this beautiful but dangerous young woman has some very peculiar desires.

THE EYES OF MY MOTHER is shot very well and is mesmerizing to behold onscreen. As mentioned, the film is shot in black and white; I was a bit unsure of how this would play out prior to watching it, but I can now attest that the lack of color adds layers of atmosphere to the film. I don’t think it would have been nearly as powerful if it were in color.

The acting in the film is very good as well. The whole cast does an excellent job in their roles, however Kika Magalhaes, who plays the adult version of Francisca, is stunningly good. The creepy vibe she puts off when she is onscreen is brutal, and it fits her character perfectly. I hope to see more of her in future projects.

The special effects in THE EYES OF MY MOTHER are minimal, but what we do see are very good. I think the lack of visuals in this aspect really help to enhance the tension. The random body part here, the eyeball there…this is a great example of where less is more.

The story is the biggest winner for this film. Dark and moody, it sucks you in and never lets go. No jump-scares are needed here…there’s plenty of tension without them. And the conclusion is perfect for such a film. Although it didn’t end like I expected, I am still extremely happy with the result.

THE EYES OF MY MOTHER is an excellent horror thriller, and I highly recommend it. Unsettling and disturbing, it is a perfect blend of character study and downright terror. The film is available tomorrow in a variety of formats.


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