The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
Written & Directed by Nicolas Pesce.
Starring: Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Olivia Bond.
In UK Cinemas from March 24th
What’s it all about?
Francisca spends most of her life isolated from society. Her surgeon mother teaches her skills and when she is brutally murdered by a passing stranger (Will Brill) Francisca soon finds those skills to be handy when it comes to keeping ‘friends’.
As a debut picture this is an impressive one. I’m not sure if I enjoyed it or not, but, I stayed with it, curious as to where it would ultimately go. It’s a strange one, the performances are good, but are they great? I’m still not sure. Did I like Francisca? Did I sympathise with her or not?
I’m baffled. Now, don’t misunderstand, it’s not a weight I will carry with me. It’s no burden, but, sitting here, writing this…well, I’m lost. There are moments when you feel for Francisca (played as an adult by Kila Magalhaes) as her life has been twisted tragically as a child. Then, there are times when she seems to show understanding that what she is doing is wrong. Still, Magalhaes does a nice job in the lead role as do the rest of the cast.
The script, though not moving along quickly enough, is fine. Overall, Pesce has done very well. Shot in black and white, there is a nice mood to it and it feels like the right choice for the film, rather than a pretentious one. The story is tragic, it’s characters pained, but, there’s just not enough to make you love it. I imagine a lot of viewers will like it, a few will not. I wonder if many will join me in my befuddlement.
Still, here at the end of my musings, I just don’t know if I liked it or not. I doubt I’ll watch it again, but, I’ll certainly keep an eye out for Pesce’s next movie ‘Piercing’.