The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for more than a few hits, but it’s not often an indie premiere leaves the audience’s skin crawling. At least not until The Eyes of My Mother opened this year.
The film has scored some solid reviews along the way, many of them littered with words like “grisly,” nightmarish,” and “visceral.” The movie sounds almost like an arthouse torture porn story, except with a deep dive character study at the heart of it. It focuses on a traumatized young woman with a fascination in human anatomy. It only gets darker from there. It’s shot in black and white, which only works to make it even creepier. Who knew blood was scarier when you couldn’t see the red?
Here’s the setup:
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 opens theatrically and on-demand December 2.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think: