Frightfest: My Mother's Eyes (2023)

Opening his second feature by fulfilling its title, writer/director Takeshi Kushida presents a close-up focus on the eyes of Hitomi (Akane Ono) while she gives birth. Joy appears on her glimpsed face as her baby cries, although that expression changes to sadness once reality sinks in. Years later, Eri (Shitara Mone) has followed in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a cellist, with displayed photographs chronicling the passage of time as Hitomi passes down her gift.

My review of My Mother's Eyes is available to read at Moving Pictures Film Club.