Me: Baby, why don’t we watch a random horror movie? Let’s just google some lists of recent films and see what appeals to us.
A: Yeah, sure thing… there’s shitload of crappy movies, though.
Me: Fine, let’s just watch Moana or Safe Heaven then… wait, what’s this one?
A: What is it?
Me: The Eyes of My Mother, a low-budget indie horror which looks quite appreciated on IMDb… plus, it’s only 76 mins long, it won’t be too boring. Wanna watch the trailer?
A: Yup, play it… oh wow, it’s in black and white and looks creepy. I’m down for watching it.
Me: Me too, let’s do this!
Me: The cinematography looks really cool, there’s barely any dialogue and the atmosphere is indeed unsettling.
A: I love the camera work! Every shot is neat and immaculate… It looks like an artsy-fartsy movie, which I don’t mind like at all.
Me: What language are they speaking?
Me: Alright. It sounded familiar. Hey, some words are actually the same in Italian and Spanish, how cool is…
A: What’s that creepy dude doing? What’s he staring at?
Me: No idea, but so far it’s the most dreadful part of the film! Oh, fuck! What’s he gonna do now? This is making me feel sick… Why isn’t she reacting? Oh, the dad just got home and… oh shit! Did he use a hammer?
A: Nope, it was the pistol he threatened them with… look, the motherfucker is alive! Wow, she cut his vocal chords and ripped off his eyes.
Me: The relationship between Francisca and her dad is sick! And look, the psycho is still alive… they keep him alive, making him live like a freaking animal. Which he deserved, by the way.
A: Yeah, I don’t even know if he’s her real dad. Also, I think she has no idea whatsoever about human relationships… she’s been raised with no other contacts than her mentally ill parents – or whatever they are.
Me: Definitely… oh, what’s she doing with her dad?
A: I think he’s dead. She’s keeping the body and pretending he’s alive.
Me: She went out. So now she hooks up with this Asian lady… right?
A: Yeah, I don’t think she has any idea about sexuality, though. She’s just trying not to remain alone.
Me: This dialogue is so surreal. She’s so calm and threatening at the same time… what a great, subtle performance by this… Kika Magalhaes. Oh, she’s actually Portuguese. Great performance, no jokes.
A: She won’t let the other girl leave…
Me: No chance! Here it comes… that was very clever. I love when horror movies understand that sometimes less means more and not showing too much could make a scene more effective.
A: Where’s she going now?
Me: She’s going to visit the murderer.
A: Why’s she untying him? Oh, please tell me she’s not gonna do that! It’s disgusting!
Me: She’s sick in the head. Oh, boy, he’s trying to run away from her… that’s not gonna work, buddy.
A: That was brutal! And she shows no emotions on her face…
Me: Brutal, indeed! Hey, Francisca, I guess he was already dead at the 10th stab, the other 20 or so weren’t necessary!
A: Where’s she going now?
Me: No idea. But this shot is astounding. The photography is brilliant.
A: Oh, no! Why did you pick her up?
Me: Exactly, why would you do that with your baby in the car?
A: Because everybody will trust a seemingly fragile, young and quite pretty girl.
Me: Alright, now she’s screwed! Poor baby… and poor mom! She’s done the same procedure she did to the murder.
A: Her soundless scream gave chills to my spine.
Me: Agreed. This film is so cleverly unsettling and it gets creepier scene by scene.
A: Look, years have passed now. The boy grew up and the mom… for Christ’s sake, she’s still chained and imprisoned!
Me: I think Francisca’s doing with the boy what her “mom” has done with her before. She’s basically trying to build a new messed up family.
A: Good boy! There must be some good in him, he’s not been fully intoxicated by cruelty.
Me: Do you think she’ll be able to call the police?
A: Yup, can you hear the sirens?
Me: Yes! Finally!
A: Good ending, but this is one of those movies where I’d have liked to know more, go more in-depth…
Me: Which is good, this film surprised me beyond every expectation! I’m gonna review and praise it asap.
The Eyes of My Mother is an artsy-fartsy horror drama/ dark fairy tale which tells the story of Francisca, a young girl who will haunt your dreams. I decided to write a different review – which isn’t really a review, it’s the experience my girlfriend and I had watching this film – because this motion picture is so unique that deserves something more.
Shot entirely in black and white, this indie movie is an amalgamation between great acting, astounding cinematography, immaculate editing, amazing sounds design and a gripping story told in a highly unconventional way.
I’m not going to give anything else away. Just check The Eyes of my Mother out. You won’t regret it. Cheers!