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The Eyes of My Mother | 2016 | R | - 6.8.0

A black and white film about a young woman (Kika Magalhaes) left alone in an isolated farm to face the torment of her loneliness. Also with Diana Agostini, Olivia Bond, Will Brill, Joey Curtis-Green and Flora Diaz. Directed by Nicolas Pesce. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Portuguese with English subtitles. [1:16]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young woman takes a shackled man into her home and bathes him; we see the man nude and seated on a bed (his bare chest, abdomen, hip, and legs are seen) as the young woman undresses (her bare breasts, pubic area in shadow, abdomen, buttock and legs are seen) and straddles the man (sex is implied).
 A woman accompanies a young woman home from a bar and they kiss on a sofa (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). After killing a man a young woman kisses his shoulder and neck.
 A young woman bathes her father (he's presumably dead and we see his bare chest, abdomen and thighs), and then climbs into the tub behind him crying (it does not appear to be sexual). A man bathes in a bathtub and we see his upper back and chest. A young woman wears a sheer nightgown that reveals bra and panties underneath. A young woman rubs a man's back and he moans (we see scars on the man's back and he is shackled to the floor of a barn).
 A father and his young daughter dance together.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A young woman with a knife chases a man walking through a field, embraces him and stabs him repeatedly (we hear the knife strikes and the man gags and gasps until he is dead); she then holds him and we see her blood-covered hands. A man speaks to a young girl in her front yard and asks to use the bathroom when the girl's mother comes out; when inside, the man draws a gun on the woman, tells the young girl to sit in the kitchen and when the girl's father gets home, he finds the first man butchering the woman in the bathtub while laughing (we hear squishing and pounding sounds and we see blood splatter).
 A young woman is picked up on the road by a woman with her infant son; the young woman takes the child and runs into her home with the driver chasing her in a panic, the young woman stabs the driver in the back and she falls to the floor moaning (we hear a squish and no blood is seen). We hear a gunshot from inside a house and understand that someone has been shot.
 A woman tries to leave a young woman's home and the young woman pleads with her to stay; we later see a puddle on the floor as the young woman scrubs it (implying that the young woman killed the woman). A young girl carries a plastic bag with what looks like eyeballs in it and puts them in her refrigerator (it is implied that she removed the eyes from a man but we do not see the act). We see several plastic wrapped packets as a young woman places them on a table and into a refrigerator (it is implied that these are packages of body parts). A young girl stitches up wounds on a man who is shackled by the wrists and ankles in a barn (we see bloody wounds and the man's eyes are covered with a bandage (implying that they have been removed and/or sewn shut); she also pulls glass shards from a wound on the man's face. A young woman stitches a bloody neck wound (we see blood on the wounds) and a bandage is wrapped around her eyes (the woman tries to scream but cannot). A body with bloody head and face wounds and a blood-stained shirt is dragged on a tarp to a barn where it is shackled with chains. A man wheels a body in a wheelbarrow as his young daughter lights the path with a lantern (the man buries the body and we see two bare feet sticking out from under a plastic tarp). A truck drives along a road and honks as it approaches a woman walking in the middle of the road; the woman lies on the road and the truck driver leaves his truck to help her. A young woman removes the bandages from a man's head (we hear squishing sounds) and we see his eyelids sewn shut. We see a dead man propped in a chair while a young woman dances.
 A young woman cuts the arm off a dead body (we hear the saw cuts and hear the limb land on the floor) and struggles to remove a ring from one finger. A young woman hacks the leg off a dead body and throws the limb into a large fire (we see the leg and foot but do not see the body). A woman removes the eye from a cow's severed head (we hear squishing and see the woman holding a gelatinous mass) and we see a marble-like part that she gives to a young girl. A cow's head is seen on a table in a kitchen as a woman tells a young girl about the eyes of cows being similar to human eyes, just larger. A young woman digs up her mother's corpse and holds her skull while crying. A young girl picks up a small dead mouse from the ground and holds it by the tail. A woman tries to pry boards off a barn wall and rips her fingernails off (no blood is seen but we see the nails pull away).
 A young girl and later a woman scrub a floor after the death or beating of other people (we see the blood). A young girl pricks her finger and we see it bleed.
 A shackled man in a barn calls a young girl's name repeatedly and the girl's father says that something needs to be done; the father enters the barn, we hear a thump and there is silence (it's not clear what the father did to silence the other man).
 A young boy finds a woman shackled and chained in a barn; the woman moves toward the boy and she makes growling sounds causing the boy to run away. A young woman sits on the foot of a bed where her father lies motionless (presumably dead); we then see her bathing him (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A woman holds a butcher knife and shields a young boy as men pound on her door and yell; she tells the boy not to listen to what they say. A young girl asks a man who killed her mother, "Why us?" and the man replies, "You let me in," and she asks, "Why do you do it?" and the man replies, "It feels amazing." A woman asks a young woman after they kiss, "What about your father?" and she replies, "I killed him." A woman talks to her young daughter about St. Francis and his having seen angels burning in the sky before experiencing stigmata. A woman says that a man had an eye condition that would have caused a psychosis. We hear a radio news report about rag dolls that are highly flammable.
 A young girl feeds a man shackled to the floor in a barn and the man grunts and slurps like an animal in a few scenes. A young girl tries to feed a bull an apple and it moves away from her. A woman shackled and chained in a barn eats from a bucket brought to her by a young woman.

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LANGUAGE 0 - 1 religious exclamation (God Willing).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A young woman drinks from a wine glass. A man smokes cigarettes in a few scenes, and a man outside a bar smokes a cigarette.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stigmata, kidnapping, loneliness, murder, friendship, isolation.
MESSAGE - Loneliness can lead to madness.
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