Blu-ray Review: The Eyes of My Mother

The Eyes of My Mother was written and directed by Nicolas Pesce and stars Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Diane Agostini, Flora Diaz and Clara Wong.

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 horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some 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 distinctly dark form.

The Eyes of My Mother is set up in three chapters – the mother, the father, and the family. Francisca has to watch the world around her crumble and deteriorate as she grows up and she doesn’t really know how to handle certain situations. It’s a heartbreaking tale of loneliness and the lengths a person will go to just to have someone in their life. It’s also a disturbing coming-of-age nightmare with Francisca as the centerpiece. Nicolas Pesce was able to capture all of the emotions here as well as add elements of horror to it all. At times it looked like I was watching a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” but this movie ends up taking a much darker route and the viewer gets to bear witness. Movies that are shot in black and white instantly have a classic look to them and if they’re done right and are actually a good watch, the B&W simply adds to that.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. The movie was shot in beautiful black and white. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this home video release.

Bottom line is, I enjoyed The Eyes of My Mother which is one of those kind of movies that grow on you after you watch it. It forces the viewer to put their thinking caps on and makes them think about what they just witnessed. A big kudos goes out to first time director Nicolas Pesce who delivered such a thought-provoking experience for audiences to engage in. It’s a tragic tale as well as a haunting one that focuses on this unstable young woman who is left all alone in the world and she doesn’t really know how to handle it. Kika Magalhaes did a fantastic job with this character of hers who simply spirals into darkness. There was a lot of hype and build up for this one and even though I liked it, it’s not for everyone. This Blu-ray releases on March 7th and is definitely worth a watch.

Distributor: Magnet Releasing

Run Time: 76 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1) B&W

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Poruguese 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not a lot of extras included on the Blu-ray but we do get a photo gallery, an interview with the director and trailer.

  • Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Interview With Director Nicolas Pesce
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

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