Marks upcoming auteur to behold on movie reviews

Halloween may be behind us, but those still looking for jarringly disturbing filmmaking should appreciate Nicolas Pesce’s directorial debut.

Shot completely in black and white, “The Eyes of My Mother” follows Francisca, a young girl living in seclusion on a remote farm with her eye surgeon mother and farmer father. After her mother is murdered by an armed stranger, Francisca (Olivia Bond) is left alone with her father (Paul Nazak), who chains his wife’s murderer in the barn. After her father dies, Francisca keeps his corpse around for company, making it obvious that seeing her mother’s murder has left Francisca quite disturbed.

Told in three distinct sections, “The Eyes of My Mother” follows Francisca as she grows up and takes up her own hobbies — like doing unspeakable things to that stranger in the barn.

Kika Magalhaes, who plays the older version of Francisca, is quite an amazing find. The camera is captivated by her, whether she is doing mundane things or randomly murdering anyone who follows her home. The tone and delivery of her scarce dialogue is quite distinct.

Certainly, parallels can be drawn between Pesce’s film and horror classics from Hitchcock’s “Psycho” to “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.” The opening scene of a woman running across a deserted highway draws immediate comparisons to the low budget classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” — but this is a slower and more brooding piece of filmmaking.

In some ways, Pesce’s film is often more disturbing for what it doesn’t show than what it does, with the last act probably the hardest to watch.

Even if you hate the movie’s premise or the way it’s executed, you have to give some credit to the brilliantly stark cinematography by Zach Kuperstein and the captivating score by Ariel Loh, both of which keep the viewer on edge.