“I’ve been watching horror films since I was 3 years old. They’ve never given me nightmares. Until now.” – LA WEEKLY
“This is a film that doesn’t shock you with cheap scares; rather, it claws into your subconscious and lingers there. A simmering nightmare of a movie.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
“A gorgeously realized horror film loaded with surprises” – Time Out New York
“One of the best movies we saw at Sundance. Picture the famous painting American Gothic. Now imagine that, just below the frame, a young woman is sawing the elderly couple’s legs off, so that they’ll never, ever leave her.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone
“A defiant announcement of a new talent. It contains some of the most memorable visual compositions in a very long time.” – Brian Tallerico,RogerEbert.com
“SHOCKINGLY ORIGINAL. Francisca is a movie monster for the ages. Equal parts Ingmar Bergman, Tim Burton and Tobe Hooper. The discovery of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.