We here at Collider are happy to exclusively debut a new clip from the upcoming horror film The Eyes of My Mother, which we also showcased on today’s episode of Collider Nightmares. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, the film is presented in gorgeous black-and-white and revolves around a former surgeon who teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and therefore be unfazed by death. A mysterious visitor shakes up the life of Francisca and her mother, causing deep trauma, and years later the girl’s longing to connect to the work takes on a very dark form.
In this new clip, we see Francisca’s mother teaching her how to dissect a cow’s head and, more specifically, a cow’s eyeball. Collider’s own Haleigh Foutch caught the film at Fantastic Fest this year and calls it a “striking and haunted feature”, comparing it favorably to Texas Chain Saw Massacre and “the restrained, character-driven focus of Hitchcock and his ilk.”
Check out the debut clip above. The Eyes of My Mother stars Kika Magalhäes, Will Brill, Paul Nazak, Flora Diaz, Clara Wong, and Diana Agos. The film is available in theaters, VOD, and on Amazon Video and iTunes on December 2nd.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Eyes of My Mother:
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. Shot in crisp black and white, the haunting visual compositions evoke its protagonist’s isolation and illuminate her deeply unbalanced worldview. Genre-inflected, but so strikingly unique as to defy categorization, writer/director Nicolas Pesce’s feature debut allows only an elliptical presence in Francisca’s world, guiding our imaginations to follow her into peculiar, secret places.