Through the Eyes

Through the Eyes

Victoria Franco, Michel Franco

Feature Film

Single mother Mónica works as a social worker in Mexico City. Her job is to help homeless and often drug-addicted teenagers to get off the street. Her son Omar is suffering from a degenerative eye disease. The operation that the 11-year-old really needs to save his sight is an impossible dream for Mónica due to the health system’s red tape and her financial situation. One night, homeless junkie Benjamín who Mónica worked with ends up in a beaten state outside her door. Mónica decides to go for an extreme solution.

Victoria and Michel Franco depict the lives of the homeless in Mexico City in documentary style for the film’s early scenes, then feed more elements of classic melodrama into it as the film progresses. Michel Franco’s previous works were mainly fictional and he made his name with After Lucy. For the documentary film Through the Eyes he has now collaborated with his sister, who has previously made short films and documentaries. Through the Eyes is Victoria Franco’s feature film debut and premiered in an extended cut version back in 2013 at the Morelia International Film Festival.


Victoria Franco, Michel Franco


Michel Franco


Isi Sarfati


Michel Franco, Antonio Bribiesca


Federico González Jordán, Miguel Jaramillo


Mónica del Carmen, Benjamín Espinoza, Omar Moreno, Jacobo Najman


Lucía Films, Pop Films


Lucia Films

Victoria Franco

Born 1983, Franco studied film and television directing at the Centro de diseño, cine y televisión in Mexico City. Since then, she has made several short and documentary films. She’s currently writing a script for a new feature film. Through the Eyes is her feature film debut.

Filme von Victoria Franco
Borde 2014 | Reconciliados 2013

Michel Franco

Born 1979, Franco works as a director and producer. His film After Lucy won the 2012 Un Certain Regard Award at the Festival de Cannes. His most recent film Chronic was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Award for Best Screenplay.

Films by Michel Franco
Chronic 2015 | Después de Lucía (After Lucy) 2012 | Daniel & Ana 2009 | Entre dos 2003