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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

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Nicolas Pesce
5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Taahir Shah Taahir Shah ... Faisal
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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, 4 December 2016

Gross USA:

$27,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,539
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The show that Francisca's father keeps watching on TV is Bonanza that was aired from 1959 to 1973. The particular episode (S01E26) that is featured in the film is titled The Avenger. See more »

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Quotes

Mother: Loneliness can do strange things to the mind.
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Connections

Features House on Haunted Hill (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Naufragio
Sung by Amália Rodrigues
Music by Alain Oulman
Lyrics by Priscilla Meirelles
Courtesy of Valentim de Carvalho (SACEM)
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6 July 2017 | by lekoalauraSee all my reviews

As far as "conventional" horror goes, this couldn't be more different. It's worlds apart in regards to what we tend to label as horror — no jump scares, no boogeyman to run from, and a distinct lack of gratuitous gore has allowed this film to standout as a genuine psychological terror. It's slow in the progression of plot, but the time it takes works as a boon in the long run. In creating a space of total isolation and loneliness, we're allowed to witness the full transformation of a traumatized (and, admittedly, thoroughly maladjusted) child into a young woman that doesn't have a grasp on the reality that exists outside her bubble of delusion. The meticulous nature of this slow burn story is an honest reminder that this is horror at its most human: this could easily be a reality for any of us.


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