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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 10.31.16] horror drama

One of the most buzzed about indie horror movies of the second half of 2016 is Nicolas Pesce's The Eyes of my Mother. Since making its debut at Sundance earlier this year, Pesce's movie has continued to stun audiences at festivals both across the US and internationally and with a theatrical release on the horizon, a new marketing campaign is mounting steam.

Pesce's debut, shot in stark black and white by Zach Kuperstein, stars relative newcomer Kika Magalhaes, in her first leading role, as Francisca, "a young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life."

The trailers suggest that Francisca's mother taught her to deal with death in an unorthodox manner and now the woman seems obsessed with death and may be willing kill in order to fulfill her "darkest desires."

Both the newly released clip and the trailer for the movie have an eerie overtone to them. I'm not sure which is creepier: the clip which features young Francisca and a chained man or the black and white images and the sombre sound of Amalia Rodrigues' voice overlayed in the trailer; both are extremely effective.

The Eyes of My Mother opens theatrically and is available on VOD December 2.

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