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Sunday, 13 September 2015

GOODNIGHT MOMMY [2014]

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Ich seh Ich seh

Austrian writer/directors Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala's Goodnight Mommy manages to dig it's nails deep into the flesh, burrow it's way into the nervous system and make a complete mess of it.  
In the remote countryside, a pair of young twin brothers find that their mother, who's recently returned home from facial reconstructive  surgery, may not be the woman they think she is.  
As the film gets deeper and deeper into the bizarre, sinister and disturbing the viewer's emotions are taken for a immensely unsettling journey that picks apart the psyche much in the same stylistic way Dogtooth did years before it.  If you're like me, you will have figured out the twist within the first 45 seconds, based on solely on a single shot but by the end you'll realize the film was never about the "big reveal" and more about how and why it gets there.  
This visually effective, well-paced thriller is that last thing to evoke pleasant dreams and finds all sorts of twisted ways to make the brain squirm.  

4 bedtime snacks out of 5

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