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3.1
936 Ratings

Goodnight Mommy

Ich seh, Ich seh

Austria, 2014
Horror, Drama

Synopsis

In this atmospheric, nerve-straining chiller, two young twins confined to an isolated country house transform their resentment towards their mother into a fatal illusion about her identity.

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Goodnight Mommy Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    SFIFF '15 I'm getting pretty sick of horror films that are disguised as dramas. I suppose they want to sell tickets to more than just horror fans, but I don't like being tricked into seeing a horror film. SFFS invoked producer Ulrich Seidl as an "influence" and called it a "genre" film. I guess now I know that "genre" means "horror". I really like Seidl's neo-documentary dramas, I hope he isn't going into horror now.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    The progression of violence, the bond between two brothers turning into something appalling while growing fonder into complicity. It reminded me a lot of The Uninvited (2009). It's brilliant. And SO not what you expect it to be.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    There's nothing remarkable about "Goodnight Mommy's" narrative. And yet the filmmakers have created a psychological horror film that is rich with subtext and atmosphere. Visually, the duo combine the sterile quality of Michael Haneke with Gus Van Sant's eye for young people. The most startling moments of this film feel lifted right from the black pool of our subconscious, which is precisely what the best horror does.

  • filmcapsule's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    While I can't deny the gut impact of the disquieting 3rd act, the film trades trenchant familial psychodrama for shock and surprise, which, though effective, makes the rest of the film feel impotent. It does create an excellently creepy atmosphere, though, making great use of darkness: not just shadows, but total blackness in certain areas of the screen.

  • Jason's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    I like nasty. I like endearingly perverse. I liked Goodnight Mommy when t'was parceling this stuff out in a way that I found to operate in a realm not entirely divorced from credibility (although it never actually does quite occupy such a realm). There are things in here which touch on real, felt experience. There is, alas, a twist. It essentially bankrupts the whole enterprise, though traction was already lost.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    Those expecting a straight horror film that follows genre conventions would do well to look elsewhere for the waters run a touch deeper here. Producer Ulrich Seidl and directors Fiala and Franz instead give us a film about the fragility of familial structure when the norms of relationships are tested by trauma and psychosis. Eerie and suspenseful at times with a third act twist that works even if it feels engineered.

  • Igor Ramos's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    I liked it, it messes with your nerves by changing the perspective of who is the victim and the perpetrator and creates an eerie atmosphere that draws you in in an effective way. There are some amazing scenes and every frame is put together carefully. I certainly did not see that twist coming, but it certainly made me want to watch it all over again. Bold move from Austria to submit this as their Oscar contender.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Goodnight Mommy

    Goodnight Mommy is less about alleged plot twists and more about atmosphere and mood. In many ways, This film is the antithesis of The Babadook: maternal anger vs. filial perversity. Franz and Fiala are obviously Haneke's fans but they also read Banks' novel The Wasp Factory. Ultimately, Goodnight Mommy can be seen as the unofficial remake of The Other, a 1972 psychological thriller film directed by Robert Mulligan.