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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.

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Veronika Franz (screenplay), Severin Fiala (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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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

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A mother should look out for her sons.


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Rated R for disturbing violent content and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodnight Mommy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,641, 13 September 2015

Gross USA:

$1,178,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,193,474
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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The twist ending in this is that one twin died; and the other twin has been dreaming him up and acting him out MPD-Psycho style since then. This has been done in 1973's Sisters; 1975's Trilogy of Terror and and 1972's the Other. The Uninvited; which featured two sisters, not twins, had a similar twist. See more »

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Lukas: What am I doing?
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Subtle Horror in the Form of a Family Drama
31 May 2016 | by SquigglyCrunchSee all my reviews

Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh Ich Seh) follows two twin brothers, Elias and Lukas, and their mother who has just returned home after having a major surgery on her face. She has to wear bandages around her head because of this, but her sons begin to question whether or not she truly is their mother.

The premise alone is enough to get anyone hooked. It's a great idea, and it wouldn't be hard to make this movie unsettling considering the concept alone is scary. Despite this, it wasn't so much. It was always unsettling and subtle with it's horror, and treated itself more as a drama with an actual story that just so happens to also be extremely unnerving. In the case of this movie it works very well, though. It focuses largely on the story and characters, which is a much appreciated change in the horror genre.

Some people might consider the twist ending to be predictable, and I can see why, but I loved it. I didn't expect it at all.

Overall Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh Ich Seh) is fantastic. It's got a great premise and presentation, with interesting characters and a fantastic twist ending. In the end I would definitely recommend this movie.


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