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Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Ich seh ich seh (original title)
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Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize.

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Lukas Schwarz ...
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Mutter
Hans Escher ...
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Elfriede Schatz ...
Rotkreuz Sammlerin
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Rotkreuz Sammler
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Christian Steindl ...
Mesner
Christian Schatz ...
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In the heat of the summer, a lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields, lives nine-year-old twin brothers who are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust. Written by Ulrich Seidl Film

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A mother should look out for her sons.


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Rated R for disturbing violent content and some nudity | See all certifications »

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11 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Goodnight Mommy  »

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$57,252 (USA) (11 September 2015)

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$1,168,902 (USA) (13 November 2015)
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The names of the twin boys are the same as the names of the actors who play them. See more »

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The Cat (Katze) = Leo See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Goodnight Mommy (2015) See more »

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Weisst du wieviel Sternlein stehen
Performed by Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz & Elias Schwarz
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A Neatly Crafted & Brilliantly Executed Chiller From Austria
28 January 2016 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Concealed with a thin veil of mystery, accompanied by truly arresting imagery, and making brilliant use of horror elements over the course of its runtime, Goodnight Mommy is a methodically crafted Austrian chiller that relies on its ominous atmosphere & violent content to deliver the scares and is a neatly executed example of its genre.

Set in an isolated lakeside house, the story of Goodnight Mommy follows 9-year old twin brothers who are reunited with their mother after she returns home following a cosmetic facial surgery but is acting a whole lot differently than before. Suspecting her to be an imposter, the boys attempt to find out the whereabouts of their real mother through any possible means.

Written & directed by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala, the surprising twist of Goodnight Mommy is quite evident in the earlier scenes even though the filmmakers try to navigate the viewers towards a different conclusion. While that may ruin the remaining picture for some viewers, it's the patient approach with which all its events unfold that makes it earn a few extra points in the end.

Production design team does a commendable job in assembling its sumptuous looking set pieces while the isolated location provides it a sinister setting. Cinematography is a definite highlight for the narrative is beautifully photographed, the slow but fluid camera movements effortlessly create an immersive environment, and the eerie performances from its cast keeps it all glued together.

On an overall scale, Goodnight Mommy would've been more effective if it had managed to keep its secret a secret until the final reveal but nonetheless makes up for an uncanny experience that may still surprise a few with its unrestrained violence. The dark, dreadful ambiance is right on mark, the story is engaging for the most part, it handles its genre tropes quite well and although it fails to bring anything new into the world of horror, it still makes up for a chilling cinematic experience.


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