It's bleakness merely for the sake of bleakness, and the reveal flops even harder if you know beforehand that Fiala and Franz have already made this movie. Her head is swathed in bandages, with only her eyes and mouth visible. But then when we had this idea for the story for our film, it just became about the story and the characters. As the woman is still bound and trapped, she wets her bed. Meanwhile, the woman breaks free from the adhesive tape around her mouth and yells for help, but is too late to attract the attention of the Red Cross employees. I mean, that was 25 years ago! SF: How the story evolves and how they follow it is just how the children follow it in the film. The mother also acts cruelly and lashes out at Elias physically when he is mischievous or disobedient. 'Goodnight Mommy' Directors on the Value of Violence and How Horror Should Be 'Challenging' ... co-director and Fiala’s aunt. All rights reserved. The expertly crafted Austrian horror film — originally titled “Ich seh, Ich seh,” which translates to “I See, I See,” a German children’s game — stars a pair of identical twin brothers (Lukas and Elias Schwartz) whose mother (Susanne Wuest) has just undergone facial reconstructive surgery. However, there are many problems with this theory. I like this kind of tone. We had to shoot that because it’s real and it’s there and it’s really good. Copyright © 2020 Penske Business Media, LLC. The final scene is of the "family" sitting around the kitchen table as she sticks duct tape with the word "SIN" written on it over their mouths, reminiscent of a video taken after her suicide cult had all killed themselves. It was very funny when we showed the film to her: she would say, “This film doesn’t need any music.” [Laughs] So we knew we wanted to make kind of a silent film that only has very precise tones. VF: Working with actors is always about trust. Even when she returns home, it is her own lack of involvement with her son that leads to his suspicion, and eventually her death. Ultimately, Grace and, it appears, the children, become convinced that they're actually dead and trapped in Purgatory, unable to leave the house. It’s more complicated with adult actors, because of course they have their own ideas, and maybe they don’t think you are right. “But even at the beginning, which is not really scary, they were kind of like, ‘It’s not as boring as we imagined.’ That’s the power of cinema, that it still works no matter if you know how it was made. Why bother for the sake of sentimentality? We love cinema and horror films and have watched a lot of these films together. SF: Many Austrian films address that, so that’s maybe what links us to them. With the suspicion that the woman residing in their house is an impostor, the twins escape from the house and go to a church in a nearby town, where they try to get help from the priest. This is where it all ends, but, given how cruel it's been to its characters so far, it's safe to assume Grace must have killed them. After all, in order for the mother to come to terms with her grief and move on from the loss, she would want to leave the house that (presumably) she and her husband would have bought together, where they raised their two children.
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