Review: The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

The Eyes of My Mother

Synopsis: A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.

Shot in all black and white and with a tiny screenplay, “The eye’s of my mother”, is a brisk and visually reliant film that lunges the audience into the depraved ideals of a sadistic farm girl.  At 1 hour and 17 minutes of visceral terror, “The eyes of my mother”, shows us the potentially weird underworld of middle America during what appears to be the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.  I assume this because we never really get much confirmation on much of anything in this movie as far as date and time.  Director Nicolas Pesce leaves much of this movie to the interpretation of the viewer.  Some of the murder scenes are left out visually but are implied with post-slaughter haste.  Pesce uses a nice blend of actual gore and imagined violence.  So please don’t get bored by the lack of blood shed in the first act.  I promise you, it gets better.

“The eyes of my mother” starts with our young antagonist “Francisca”, played by Olivia Bond, who spends her home taught education with her “Mother”, played by Diana Agostini.  “Mother” is a surgeon and her days are lathered with teaching young Francisca how to perform surgery on the deceased animals from their family farm. Francisca’s “Father”, played by Paul Nazak is far too indifferent to this sort of upbringing until “Charlie”, played by Will Brill, shows up to the property one afternoon.  “Charlie” a free-lance, hippy drifter who is undoubtedly inspired by Charles Manson, has zero pleasant intentions and is determined to make this visit to the farm an advantageous addition to his murderous ways.  “Charlie” succeeds in murdering “Mother”, which prompts “Father” to thoroughly beat “Charlie” half to death and tie him to chains in the family barn.  “Father” then returns to his indifferent ways as “Francisca” is left to tend to a decade long torture of “Charlie” and anyone who crosses her path.

The imagery of “The Eyes of My Mother”, is breathtaking.  The cinematography, brief pacing and diabolical torture scenes are what steal the show.  Francisca’s body count is not high but the methodical precision of affliction to her victims are just that of a surgeon.  The maniacal, soulless, manipulation of her prey is downright disturbing.  This behavior however is all she knows. This is what her mother’s death and her mothers teachings had instilled in her.  In a way, you almost feel sorry for “Francisca” and her actions.  Actress Kika Magalhaes plays “Francisca” as an adult and is stunningly beautiful in her murderous ways.  Magalhaes’s performance as “Francisca” lends influence to that of Audrey Hepburn portraying “Angela” from “Sleepaway Camp”.  She was just that down right convincing as a beautiful psychopath lost in a world of her own torturous pleasures.

As a 27-year-old, up and coming director, Nicolas Pesce is on the fast track to stardom. “The Eyes of my Mother”, is a welcome visual stunner.  And a sign of good things to come from a promising film maker. I rate “The Eyes of My Mother” with 7 stars out of 10.


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About me in Horror: My love for horror can be attributed to one man, my Father. I was maybe 5 years old when he showed me some of his favorites such as Halloween, The Thing (Carpenter), Night of the Living Dead, and Jaws. While some parents would shelter their kids from such violent films, my father saw no problem in taking the family out to the Hillside Theatre in Hillside, Illinois for a horror movie. We saw films such as Hellraiser, Aliens, and Pet Semetery when I was but a wee, little lad. I love my father for doing this, and to this day these films and many more stay with me as some of my favorites. My favorite sub genre of horror would be the zombie genre. There’s something about the way zombie films reflect society as a dwindling, mindless horde of sheep that I believe appealed to me on a subconscious level as a kid. This look at society hits me at a more conscious level as an adult. Romero, is of course, the god of these films. However, I will watch pretty much any piece of crap Hollywood churns out simply because I cannot refuse an old fashioned zombie story. I would hate to rank all the other sub genre’s because I enjoy them all. Slasher’s, creature feature’s, creepy, killer doll movie’s, whatever. It’s all good to me as long as it’s well done, and sometimes not so well done. I’m not nearly as well versed as other Syndicate writers with horror before 1970. The 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are my favorite decades for horror, but I have seen and loved classics like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolfman, King Kong, and Pyscho. Recently, thanks to The Horror Syndicate, and a good friend of mine, I’ve also been getting more familiar with the Italian horror films that so many seem to love, and that I missed out on as a kid. About me personally: Im the youngest of two boys, born in Mel Rose Park, Illinois, an originally Italian populated suburb West of Chicago. My father, full blooded Polish, and my Mother, full blooded Italian, gave me a wicked temper, and a love for sausage. I grew up playing tons of sports. Baseball is however my favorite. I started playing guitar at age 12. I had my first metal band at age 17, and to this day I still write and record music for fun in my little home studio aka my living room. I’ve never been married, nor have I ever had children, but I’ve been close twice. I graduated from the Joliet Junior College Culinary School in 2011, and have been working as a chef or cook at various levels, and positions in the food industry ever since. In closing, I’ve seen the Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting better every single time I see it!! Not to mention that you’re talking to a dead guy!! My top 10 Favorite Horror in order (subject to change) Jaws Aliens The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Exorcist Halloween Alien Night of the Living Dead A Nightmare on Elm Street The Thing (Carpenter) The Lost Boys