directors: Severin Fiala, Veronica Franz
screens October 14th
The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street
Close your eyes. No really, close ’em.
“Goodnight Mommy”, or the better translated title “I See I See” is one scary cinematic ride. Hop on board if you wish, but the warning stands. In the grand tradition of successful horror, this little family plot relies more on mystery and suspense, than blood and gore. It’s all there, but the lead up is a clever thrill manipulation which makes the cataclysmic ending all the more powerful.
Twin ten year old boys Lukas and Elias run about a country estate doing typical boy stuff: hide and go seeking in a farm field, jumping on a trampoline, swimming in a watering hole, collecting giant cockroaches…. And then there’s mom, who has a bandaged face, and spends a lot of time tugging at the blinds. Creepy. Soon we have conflict, and the mystery grows. Very little is revealed, and historic facts only come in well spaced drips. Time for the Sherlock hat, though it may not help much, as deception is a major factor in this disturbing tale.
The explosive ending really is fantastic, and will have many u-turning outside the cinema to see it all over again to catch the juicy clues missed on first viewing.
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