Starring: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwartz, Lucas Schwartz.
In regard to the preface for my previous review for the rather excellent Under The Shadow, my current search for original and exciting horror movies drew me to this Austrian offering from dual directors Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala. I first saw the trailer for this film some 2 or 3 years ago and lamentably due to an extremely limited cinematic release in this country, forgot about it. I am very glad I got around to seeing it.
A woman who has undergone cosmetic surgery returns to her remote country home to her twin sons who due to her erratic behaviour begins to believe that the woman who has returned to them is not actually their mother but an imposter.
This film is an absolute masterclass in unease, paranoia and subtly building tension. The interplay between the three leads, two being children is incredible and increasingly unnerving. An odd story that is crafted in such a way that you do not know wether to believe the twins concerns about their mother or not, a feeling that does not shift for a sizeable chunk of the film, it is a facet of this film that you can be forgiven for being at the forefront of you mind for its duration but look a little deeper and it is a fascinating delve into the dynamics and psychology of a family in deep-seeded turmoil.
This is an expertly exercised slice of dramatic horror that can appeal to fans of extreme cinema and thrillers alike. As with Under The Shadow, if you want to check out an under-the-radar remedy to modern conveyor belt horror, look no further.
Goodnight Mommy is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.