Movie Review – Goodnight Mommy (2015)

Goodnight Mommy, 2015.

Directed by Veronika Franz and Severine Fiala.

Starring Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz and Elias Schwarz.


When their mother returns home from hospital, twin brothers Lukas and Elias sense something’s not right. Her face is swathed in bandages after plastic surgery, she doesn’t behave or sound like the mother they remember and they become convinced that she’s an imposter. But who is she? And how are they going to find out the truth?

It all starts idyllically enough. Perhaps too much so. The old footage of the Von Trapp-like family singers, the boys playing in the Austrian countryside near their home in the brilliant sunshine. Then a car delivers Momma (Susanne Wuest) home but, with her head covered in bandages, all both we and the boys can see are her bloodshot eyes, some of the bruises around them and her mouth. Everything else is hidden,
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