On an island in Maine, two men of the cloth- a Bishop and a disgraced former priest- conduct an investigation into the disappearance of a young priest. As his story is recounted, we see the young priest- Edmond- and a parishioner, Sheila, meet. Sheila wants Riley, her eleven year old son who has Canavan’s disease, to receive communion. Edmond tries to educate a child considered incapable of communication. As Edmond becomes more involved with Sheila and Riley, he begins to question his religious and human role. In need of her own spiritual guidance and companionship, Sheila challenges Edmond’s humanity, while also threatening his priesthood.
“Penetrating intelligence and emotional entanglements aplenty,” said the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “As it closes with a haunting final question mark, the strength of Custody of the Eyes lies in its inability to answer its own pesky questions about church and the soul.”