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The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

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

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Nicolas Pesce

Writer:

Nicolas Pesce
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Cast

Credited cast:
Diana Agostini ... Mother
Olivia Bond ... Young Francisca
Will Brill ... Charlie
Joey Curtis-Green ... Antonio
Flora Diaz ... Lucy
Kika Magalhães ... Francisca (as Kika Magalhaes)
Paul Nazak Paul Nazak ... Father
Clara Wong ... Kimiko
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Storyline

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. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Drama | Horror

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Rated R for disturbing violent content and behavior, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

2 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Olhos da Minha Mãe See more »

Filming Locations:

Cooperstown, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,908, 2 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,981, 23 December 2016
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2.35 : 1
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The music that Francisca and her father dance to is "Naufrágio" in the voice of Amália Rodrigues. This type of Portuguese traditional music is called "fado", which translates to "sad destiny", and it's commonly used to express the feeling of losing someone dear. See more »

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Quotes

Mother: Loneliness can do strange things to the mind.
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Features House on Haunted Hill (1959) See more »

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Tumbling Lights
Performed by The Acid
Written by Adam Freeland, Ry Cuming and Steve Nalepa
Courtesy of Mute Records, by arrangement with Zync Music Group and BMG US
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Excruciating
9 January 2017 | by cjs6547See all my reviews

This is not a brilliant movie. In my opinion, it's not even a good movie. But it achieves what it supposedly set out to do, and that was to portray life from the point of view of a lonely psychopath. And that portrayal is absolutely excruciating.

Having grown up on an isolated farm, loneliness is always Fransisca's first and foremost problem, and we the audience are made to feel that in agonizing detail. The movie feels slow, the few other characters have short screen time and are usually mute, and the movie is in drab black and white.

Being a psychopath, Fransisca feels absolutely nothing for anybody else, and has no qualms about what she does to others to fulfill her own desires. Once again, we the audience, are made to suffer 72 minutes of this abominable character, and wonder if she is so loathed does she have any sense of self-loathing too?

Does Fransisca represent a psychopath? Probably. Is the role played well by the lead actress? Yes. Is the movie worth watching? I would say NO, not unless you have to reference it for a term paper in Psychology 101 or something.

P.S. what is up with the title of this film? It has no bearing on the movie, believe me. Just because she misses Mom the most, and her Mom was an eye surgeon, doesn't mean you have to force 'Mother' and 'Eyes' in the title.


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