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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.


Veronika Franz (screenplay), Severin Fiala (screenplay)
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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


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


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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Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodnight Mommy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,252, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,168,902, 15 November 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


240 twins were auditioned for the main roles. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Lukas: What am I doing?
Elias: What's Lukas doing?
Mutter: But I can't see him.
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Crazy Credits

The Cat (Katze) = Leo See more »


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


Guten Abend, gute Nacht
Written by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Lukas Schwarz
Arranged by Alexander Schwarz
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I really enjoyed the film's atmosphere, and slow-building terror!
22 October 2015 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'GOODNIGHT MOMMY': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Critically acclaimed Austrian horror flick; about twin nine-year-old brothers, who begin to suspect that their mother is not the woman she says she is. The film was written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. It stars Susanne Wuest and Elias and Lukas Schwarz (the twins make their feature acting debut, with this movie). I really enjoyed the film's atmosphere, and slow-building terror!

Elias and Lukas (the Schwartz brothers) are twin brothers, that live in an isolated countryside house; with their mother (Wuest). The boys are disturbed, and frightened, by their mom; when she returns home from cosmetic surgery, with her head almost completely wrapped in bandages. They're also bothered by her odd, and sometimes mean, behavior towards them; especially the fact that she keeps ignoring Lukas. The boys start to suspect that the woman, living in their home with them, is not their mother; and they decide to take matters into their own hands, to find out who she really is.

The film is very deliberately slow-paced, at first; but it does a really good job of setting up the story, and it's characters, in the process. There's a pretty good M. Night Shyamalan style twist, at the end; and if you're paying attention to the film, leading up to it, you should be able to pick up on several clues, that foreshadow it (pretty obviously, after you already know the twist). The movie's quite disturbing, and very terrifying, throughout; but especially at the end. The directors did a great job, directing and writing the film, and the three lead actors do outstanding work as well. It's definitely a well made horror flick, that's well worth seeing.

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