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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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Veronika Franz (screenplay), Severin Fiala (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lukas Schwarz Lukas Schwarz ... Lukas
Elias Schwarz Elias Schwarz ... Elias
Susanne Wuest ... Mutter
Hans Escher Hans Escher ... Priester
Elfriede Schatz Elfriede Schatz ... Rotkreuz Sammlerin
Karl Purker Karl Purker ... Rotkreuz Sammler
Georg Deliovsky Georg Deliovsky ... Pizzalieferant
Christian Steindl Christian Steindl ... Mesner
Christian Schatz Christian Schatz ... Bauer
Erwin Schmalzbauer Erwin Schmalzbauer ... Akkordeongott
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A mother should look out for her sons.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodnight Mommy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,641, 13 September 2015

Gross USA:

$1,178,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,193,474
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Susanne Wuest lived alone for three months to prepare for the role, often completely swaddling herself in bandages. She also kept two pet cockroaches. See more »

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Lukas: What am I doing?
Elias: What's Lukas doing?
Mutter: But I can't see him.
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Guten Abend, gute Nacht
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Goodnight Mommy
6 December 2015 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Goodnight Mommy takes more than it should to find its rhythm, but it eventually gains energy and becomes a very interesting psychological thriller. It's difficult to write a review of this film without revealing the disturbing events from its third act, so it will be better to be mentioning what does NOT happen. Even though Goodnight Mommy was widely acclaimed in websites dedicated to horror cinema, it isn't a typical supernatural tale or a gore spectacle (even though it can be said that there are slight traces of both styles); and the twist in the end is quite well implemented, and I had never seen it coming. The actors make an extraordinary work in their roles, revealing the complex relationship between their characters without too much words. The story is set at a cottage inhabited by three persons (well, there is some occasional "guest", but they are just auxiliaries of the plot who don't require too much definition). That minimalistic cast defines the general tone of the movie, shot with an elegant austerity (which is typical of European cinema) which is also reflected on the terse dialogs and cold cinematography, portraying the games of the kids and the moments of the ending with the same indifference. On the negative side, the screenplay takes more than it should to find its own rhythm, as I previously mentioned. On the one hand, that increments the suspense; but on the other hand, it occasionally leaves us on an emotional drift, without enough clues to draw conclusions or enough events to impulse the narrative. Fortunately, the many pros of Goodnight Mommy end up compensating that complaint on a big degree, and I recommend it as quite a solid film, which might be horror, thriller or drama; but its analysis of psychological traumas and family dissolution doesn't need to engage with a specific genre in order to leave the spectator satisfied.


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