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Goodnight Mommy: hello chilly Austrian matricide horror - Venice review

31 August 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The debut film by Veronika Franz - the wife of Ulrich Seidl - is the Haneke-esque story of a woman swathed in bandages and her potentially vengeful twin sons

Veronika Franz, the journalist and wife of Austrian film-maker Ulrich Seidl, makes her debut, co-directing with Severin Fiala for this chilly, angular, ultra-violent arthouse horror showing in the Venice film festival’s Orrizonti sidebar. Seidl himself produces, and the result is a technically proficient and at times unwatchably horrible ordeal set in an elegant modern lake-house bordering sinister forests and fields. It’s all topped off with a huge psychological twist, and this ending would appear to be influenced by a very specific director and very specific film. Naming these would be unsporting, but it is generally comparable to Haneke’s Funny Games and Jessica Hausner’s Hotel.

Elias is a nine-year-old boy who appears to be enjoying an idyllic summer »

- Peter Bradshaw in Venice

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