Irish Film Institute -GOODNIGHT MOMMY



99 minutes, Austria, 2014, Subtitled, Digital

This film was released 4th March 2016, and is no longer screening.

Produced by Ulrich Seidl, and Austria’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, Goodnight Mommy is a stylish, tense, and thoroughly unnerving entry in the arthouse horror genre. Ten-year-old twins Elias and Lukas live with their mother in an isolated home. She has recently undergone surgery and has now returned home with her face hidden behind bandages (reminiscent of Edith Scob in Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960)).

The twins progress from being disturbed by her appearance to believing that the woman under the bandages is an impostor, convinced of this by behaviour they judge to be completely out of character for their mother. As the boys strive to expose the fraud, the fairy tale aspects of the film are superseded by the building sense of dread, and an outbreak of shocking violence. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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