The Eyes of My Mother
Francisca is raised as the only daughter of a Portuguese mother and an American father. Life on the farm is monotonous, until one day a stranger commits a horrific act of violence right before Francisca’s eyes. Once grown up, she seeks more than just revenge.
The story itself may be nothing out of the ordinary – a young woman goes to extremes to dispel her loneliness after the loss of her mother – but the way in which it is told and portrayed definitely is. Filmed in gorgeous black-and-white, this debut is an intriguing mix of genres, drawing inspiration from Tobe Hooper and David Lynch. Things become more and more bizarre, violent and bloody as time goes by, but Francisca never turns into a monster – the film keeps a close watch on her damaged and twisted psyche. A strong black-and-white debut for lovers of southern gothic with an arthouse edge.