Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature The Eyes of My Mother received critical acclaim, and the director’s acute visual eye is once again front and center with Piercing. Though armed with an indie budget, the feature is filled with immersive and, since this is a thriller, unnerving compositions. An homage to giallo cinema and the works of Brian De Palma (via Pesce’s expressive command of images and use of split screen), Piercing was made by a filmmaker who has a love of pure cinema.
The narrative, based on Ryû Murakami’s novel, centers on a man (It Comes at Night’s Christopher Abbott) who is focused on committing the perfect murder on an unsuspecting prostitute (Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska). Those plans ultimately go south, as the woman may have her own approach on how the night should progress.
Piercing also features first rate work from Abbott and Wasikowska. Click on the media bar to hear Pesce discuss how James Stewart’s work with Alfred Hitchcock influenced Abbott’s approach to his role:
Piercing hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital on February 1.