Ich seh, Ich seh

  • 99'
  • Austria
  • 2014
When mommy returns home, her face is all covered in bandages. Mommy had an operation, but why? The ten-year-old twins doubt this woman is their mum, and therefore don't always obey her. The bandaged woman resorts to brute force, pushing the boys - maybe too far? But why does only one of the twins ever speak? And why does the woman never acknowledge the silent one? A (head) trip into an abyss of (self-)debasement and despair, where it's never clear who's actually (still) among the living and who's (already) back from beyond - if there's really any 'real' here at all.
Inspired as much by Georges Franju as by Lucio Fulci, Goodnight Mommy is a meditation on boundaries, transgressions, transcendence. Note the cuddly stuffed donkey on the boys' bunk bed: he's the rare ass in Surrealist cinema that doesn't come to a gruesome end.
Directors
Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
Country of production
Austria
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
99'
Medium
DCP
International title
Goodnight Mommy
Language
German
Producer
Ulrich Seidl
Production Company
Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH
Sales
Playtime
Screenplay
Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Cinematography
Martin Gschlacht
Editor
Michael Palm
Production Design
Louis Oellerer
Sound Design
Erik Mischijew, Matz Müller
Music
Olga Neuwirth
Cast
Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz
Local Distributor
September Film
Website
http://ichsehichseh.at