Goodnight Mommy

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Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh, Ich Seh)

Directed by Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

  • Austria 2014; 99 min
  • Original version: German
  • Genre: Horror, Drama
    • Grand Prize in Silver - Sitges IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award (International Competition) - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Special Mention (Frontiers Programme) - Belgrade IFF
    • Best Photography (ADF Award) - BAFICI
    • Audience Award - T-Mobile New Horizons IFF

  • Austrian submission for the Academy Awards

Synopsis

In an isolated house in the countryside, nine-year-old twins Lukas and Elias (Lukas and Elias Schwarz) live with their mother (Susanne Wuest), who is recovering from recent cosmetic surgery. With her face puffy and grotesque under a swath of bandages, the mother requires absolute peace and quiet in order to recuperate, and this quickly begins to grate on the two restless boys. As she becomes more and more strict, the brothers retreat ever-further into their own private, aggressively anti-social world, their anger and suspicion mounting and their imaginations running wild — even to the extent of doubting that the person beneath the bandages is actually their mother at all. A haunting, elegiac portrait of a family in crisis, GOODNIGHT MOMMY brilliantly creates a quietly unnerving atmosphere that becomes increasingly terrifying as the boys' antagonism toward their mother spirals out of control and the maternal bonds are severed.

Production

  • ULRICH SEIDL FILM PRODUKTION GMBH

     

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