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Goodnight Mommy(Ich seh, Ich seh)

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Austria

2014

Rated R • 1h 40m

Director Veronika Franz

Starring Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz, Susanne Wuest, Hans Escher

Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller

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In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is.

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Cait Mohr Profile picture for Cait Mohr

Goodnight Mommy is a paranoid fever dream twisting the rituals of boyhood to their most gruesome extent, distorting the flights of fancy of a child’s imagination until they transform into bouts of nervous obsession. Definitely up there with the Shining as one of the greats in the genre of “identical twins-based horror”.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

83

The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

This elegantly nasty little potboiler should satisfy those brave enough to brave it. They might see the big reveal coming, but that won’t help them unsee the horrors leading up to it.
63

Slant Magazine by Chris Cabin

In the third act, the film devolves into an extremely unsettling series of sadistic tortures, the kind of stuff that would appeal largely to fans of Funny Games.
75

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

It's a resonant, atmospheric horror film that treats its genre and its audience with unusual respect, before escalating in its last moments to a brilliantly uncompromised finale.
100

Entertainment Weekly by Joe McGovern

Goodnight Mommy, a brilliantly sinister horror film in the recent art-house mold of "The Babadook" and "It Follows," has a premise that cracks like the whip of a devil’s tail.
78

Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

An unnerving descent into the extreme, anxious corners of a mother’s relationship to and comprehension of her 9-year-old twin sons – and vice versa – gone weirdly haywire, Goodnight Mommy is required viewing for both lovers of neo-gothic paranoia and mommy-haters everywhere.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Perhaps a more unassuming genre director would have tightened this movie’s cables a little, so that it had more tension and less revulsion. At all events, it delivers some nasty shocks.
80

Variety by Peter Debruge

Shooting in sleek 35mm, Franz and Fiala have dreamt up a home-invasion scenario where the aggressors lived there all along.

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