Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, ich seh)

Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Austria, 2014 / 99 min / German with French subt. / Horror

If Georges Franju, Michael Haneke and Takashi Miike co-directed a horror movie (god help us!), this might well be it. (Indiewire)

In the heat of the summer. An isolated house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Ten-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she comes back, her head wrapped in bandages after plastic surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.

We wanted to make a film that says something about our lives— and that at the same time chills us to the bones. (Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz)

Fri 27/02 21:00 Cinémathèque Public

The story's acceleration from anxiety to panic to hellish chaos is expertly managed, but more impressively so is the control of internal narrative logic. As each piece of the puzzle gradually comes together, starting well into the film with the reason for the mother's surgery, a mental replay of everything that's happened up to that point makes consistent sense. (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, August 31 2014)

A fairy tale for “Dogtooth” enthusiasts, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s “Goodnight Mommy” takes place in an austere, isolated Austrian home, where twin boys begin to suspect that something is wrong with their mother. But that’s only the beginning of this family’s dysfunction, as tension escalates to torture in the duo’s elegantly stylized, thoroughly unnerving attempt to creep the heck out of arthouse horror fans. (Peter Debruge, Variety, September 4 2014)

  • Best Film, Ljubjana International Film Festival 2014, Slovenia
  • FIPRESCI Award, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2014, Greece
  • Critics Special Mention & Mélies d’Argent, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2014, Spain
Cast & Credits
Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz, Susanne Wuest, Michael Thomas, Ulrike Putzer
Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
Michael Palm
Directeur de la photo 
Martin Gschlacht
Olga Neuwirth
Ulrich Seidl

Veronika Franz works as a journalist for the Austrian daily Kurier, and has collaborated on screenplays of films by Ulrich Seidl, including “Dog Days” (01), “Import/Export” (07), and “Paradies: Liebe” (12).

Severin Fiala studied at the Film Academy in Vienna. He has co-directed the short film “Elephant Skin” (2009), with Ulrike Putzer. “Ich seh, ich seh“ (2014) is their first feature film.

  • Ich seh, ich seh, 2014
  • Dreh & Trink (short), 2013
  • Kern (doc), 2012