Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

Severin Fiala (2014)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A sleek, state-of-the-art house in verdant Austrian countryside belies the eerie mystery at the heart of this slow-burning but atmospheric horror. The rural idyll is the playground for twins Lukas and Elias until the return of their TV hostess mother from hospital following facial cosmetic surgery. It's swiftly apparent all is not well with this bandage-wrapped mummy (Susanne Wuest), as she imposes severe restrictions on the pair and withdraws to her bedroom. This combination of strange appearance and odd behaviour convinces the siblings that she's an impostor, leading to a tit-for-tat battle that can only end in tears. But are the brothers just little monsters with a lurid imagination or is there something rum about mum? Co-directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz deftly toy with audience assumptions and sympathies here, even after the sedately paced tale has taken a terrifyingly torturous turn for the worse - the use of superglue is particularly squirm-inducing. The directors' feature debut may sometimes be too enigmatic for its own good (the reasons for the surgery, the absence of dad), but it remains a disturbingly compelling watch.

Summary

Twin boys await the return of their mother from hospital, having undergone plastic surgery. She arrives with her face covered in bandages, and as her behaviour changes in unexpected ways, the boys become convinced their mother has been replaced by an imposter. Thriller, starring Susanne Wuest and Lukas and Elias Schwarz. In German.

Cast & Crew

Lukas Lukas Schwarz
Elias Elias Schwarz
Mother Susanne Wuest
Priest Hans Escher
Director Severin Fiala
Director Veronika Franz
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Other Information

Language: German +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 4 Mar 2016
Drama