Reviewed bysubxerogravityVote: 7/10/10
It was a wicked horror tale that was worth watching. The movie startswith the shot that let's you know it's going to be a black and whitefilm, totally setting the tone.
The film is about a girl name Francesca who lives a very isolated lifeon a farm with her mom and dad. Her mom was teaching her life lessonslike how to surgically remove eyeballs from the cows. Then one dayFrancesca loses her mom to a violent crime and her father shortlyafter. This is when we learn what it's like for a little girl to becomea woman literally all by herself.
Francesca experience some pretty violent acts as a child that weretreated like every day life and with no one to teach her otherwise, shegrows up with little to no filter on the value of human life, exceptfor that one raw emotion she has not to be alone, but one that she hasnot learned how deal with like the rest of us.
This was like watching the slow development of like Micheal Myers orJason Voorhees. It's really a stroke of good fortune nobody opened acamp in the near by area.
It's a very quiet story of horror, so quiet it does not really registeras one, it also has elements of torture porn, which, like the horror isvery quiet, but it only makes the actions of Francesca more disturbingto watch as she tries and fails to figure out how to make friends andstart a new family, which produces deadly results.
An amazing work of art that I would recommend for horror fans.
Reviewed bytrashgangVote: 6/10/10
This is a difficult one, i mean, it's a horror story but everything isdone off-camera so no red stuff or to be honest nothing at all andstill some do find it rather creepy.
Being shot in black and white doesn't make it easier to watch. It dohas an overall art-house overlook so many geeks in the horror genrewill stop this flick quickly. But it's worth picking up, at thiswriting it's all over the world being shown at festivals. Why shouldyou watch it, well, if you're into art-house you will love this or ifyou do like creepy stories then this is also a must see. You are leftwith your imagination and you will be pushed in your mind that thiscould happen with the girl next door. It's all seeing normal but itisn't because torture and in fact child abuse are the main theme. Witheyes being poked out and having sex with your victims is very rare towatch.
What turns out to be a home invasion turns a complete different way. Beopen minded and see this rather bizarre story.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 0/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
Reviewed byjtindahouseVote: 10/10/10
It defies belief that some film makers can make dozens of filmsthroughout their career, garnering experience the entire time, andnever make a film half as good as 'The Eyes of My Mother', and thensomeone can come along on their very first attempt and achieve thismasterpiece. Nicolas Pesce on writing/directing debut shows true classand masterful control of his story. Every scene is beautifully laid outand haunting in its own way. This is the work of a master, not anovice.
One of the things I liked most about this movie was that it neverinsults its viewer. A lot of the story was left up to interpretation.We are given small hints towards things in the dialogue here and there,but must make our own decisions on what the truth actually is.
The first two-thirds of the film were so strong that I was almostexpecting to be let down by the final third. It seems today that filmsstruggle to be consistently good throughout and usually end up muckingup at least one portion of their story. Instead 'The Eyes of My Mother'makes the final third its strongest of the lot.
Modern horror tends to rely incredibly heavily on jump scares. In factit's all a lot of them have going for them. There is not a single jumpscare in this film and yet it is infinitely more scary and memorablethan 99% of horror films released today. This is a movie that willstick with me for a while and one that I will probably watch again. Donot miss this film.
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.