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The Eyes of My Mother

The Eyes of My Mother

A brutal incident changes the life of a young girl. In the aftermath, we see her grow up in the countryside, alone and isolated, the effects of the event still echo in her actions. Separated into three parts, The Eyes of My Mother documents how one’s environment can transform and perpetuate our darkest emotions and intentions.

The violence in this film was visceral. Each segment had at least one part where I felt physically uneasy about what was happening on screen. Surprisingly enough, the violence was not graphic in its presentation. The black and white played a stylistic role in portraying the film's grotesque acts. It diminished the visual details one might see in other horror films, allowing the focus to be on the overall effect. Props to the film’s creativity for delivering that much impact without splurging on the gore.

In addition to adding to the film's pulpy effect, the black and white played well with the mostly static and long take scenes that framed the action. The shots reinforced the protagonist’s sense of isolation with each set piece, switching between her longing and her malformed attempts to connect with people.

Anyone can be a psychopath, despite their appearance. We are shown repeatedly, from the beginning of the film, that people fall victim to monsters who look like anything but. This film is one portrayal about how circumstances can affect anybody to become what we fear. People can seem nice but can you be sure of how much a person has gone through? How trusting can you be? The dilemma is made more interesting by the fact that most can feel sympathetic towards the lead during the beginning, while at the same time feeling both disgusted and pitiful to her later on in the film. Psychopathy, unlike the striking black and white cinematography of the film, comes in shades of gray, all of which can lie beneath us.

The Eyes of My Mother

Director: Nicolas Pesce

Released: 2016

Mind: 7

Eye: 6

Total: 6.5

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