A young Portuguese-American woman named Francisca (Kika Magalhães), still haunted by a traumatic event she witnessed in her family's secluded farmhouse as a child, struggles with her dark, violent impulses. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce.~Jack Rodgers
I never give away spoilers but the ending leaves a little to be desired. It's my guess that not everybody will agree with me on that. Still, it's one thing that affected my full enjoyment, hence the 4 stars.
I loved the choice of B&W. Again, others might disagree with me, but it's perfect for this. I'm not a BIG horror movie fan. I am a movie fan in general and I appreciate good films in any genre. The typical horror gore isn't what bothers me (it probably should...), but it's often just so "the FX team did a good [or bad] job on the gore" to me. The B&W here allowed the gore to be fairly extreme without it being phony FX-seeming and without it being puke-yuck too. In a way, the B&W allows you to experience the movie's fright with the obvious gore not getting in the way. I think that was brilliant.
This will be a horror film you remember for a long time given it's quality even if you're not a horror buff. The film effectively hits its obviously-intended mark.
It's a slow movie but very disturbing from the beginning to end and does not take half the film to start enjoying like many other slow movies. The pace does not pick up speed later, so do not expect that. It's all in black and white, which is one of the highlights of this movie for me. Some scenes may not look as good as a high-budget movie, but overall, it looks and is very well made. There is relatively little gore and some viewers may find the themes in this film potentially disturbing. See it, if you are in the mood to see a little art house horror movie.
I heard about this film on a podcast and thought, for the price that I couldn't go wrong. Boy, was I right. Beautifully shot, eerie tale about the effects of isolation. First time director Nicolas Pesce's quiet farmhouse depravity yarn will haunt you. Weighing in at a lean and mean 77 mins, there is not fat on this film AT ALL. Time passes and you realize you've been under a spell. Indie horror has been on a roll since the early 2000s and doesn't seem to be stopping. There is so much interesting and strange work out there that will surely become the new classics.
Heard about EYES on a podcast and thought to give it a go. Fair price for a blind buy. This is a strange little gem--and I mean strange in a good way. Shot in widescreen black and white, EYES tells the story of Francisca, a sheltered farm girl with desires beyond belief. When her parents die, she is almost free to discover her own life but what we experience is disturbing and highly original. I will be eager to see director Nicolas Pesce's next effort. Very solid and confident debut.
Francisca is a young girl being shown the ropes of life by her mother in a quiet farmhouse isolated from others. One day a visitor shows up and their idyllic family life is shattered forever. The rest of the film unfolds very slowly, yet is beautiful. Francisca is eventually forced to live life alone as a young woman, and her curiosities for life take on a very dark form. Filmed in black and white, disturbing at times yet a very beautiful film.
This is a remarkable debut for director Nicolas Pesce, one that reveals a strong personal vision. The film is both extremely disturbing and beautifully composed - the stark black and white photography etches the unforgettable images into the psyche. Some of the most harrowing events are ones that aren't even shown on the screen, but they are, nevertheless, planted deep in the imagination, where they won't soon be forgotten. The film is steeped in atmosphere and poetic dread. It is definitely a work of psychological horror, where gruesome and unspeakable acts are performed. It manages to inspire empathy for its damaged and deranged heroine, communicating her extreme isolation. And, amazingly, this is all wrapped within a beautiful and haunting aesthetic.
This film is like many that have come before it, but at the same time it manages to be completely original. The film is shot in monochromatic black and white, adding a definite coldness to this already haunting film. The story revolves around a young girl who, as she grows older, becomes more and more lonely - adding nod to such films like Psycho and Repulsion - after the loss of her parents. This causes her behavior to be somewhat strange and off-beat, calculating towards something - towards what exactly, well I will leave that to the viewer.