The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
Directed by Nicolas Pesce
Starring Kika Magalhães, Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond, Will Brill, Joey Curtis-Green, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak
This is one of those films that will definitely leave a mark on the viewer. Whether or not you like what unfolds in front of you, it will be very hard to forget. And isn’t that what we hope from all cinema? Something that has substance and is not easily forgotten a day later? Something that will make you think or get a reaction from you. That is what writer/director Pesce has done here with this film.
Shot in beautiful black and white with some incredible cinematography, we see the story of a young Francisca learning some of life’s lessons from her mother. But when a stranger comes calling, things get darker very quickly. We experience the little girl and how she deals with the loss, though not the way most of us probably would. As she gets older, her grasp on any sense of normalcy is completely gone.
There are some parts that might be difficult to watch, but you’ll find yourself drawn into the character of Francisca and really to see what she is going to do next. There is some graphic violence here, but it is most effective when we just catch a glimpse of it or when it is even more implied. Another thing that shows the technical style of director Pesce.
Real kudos goes out to Kika Magalhães, who plays the adult Francisca. This had to be a difficult role to create and to play without going overboard or making it campy. Even though the things that she’s doing, we can still feel for her character. The idea of filming in black and white just makes this film even more beautiful. So well shot and framed, with some stunning sequences that I don’t think would have had the same punch had it been in color. The graphic violence
This was Pesce first film, which is also wrote and edited, besides directing. I think he is a talent that will be worth watching.