Goodnight Mommy – Trailer

It can be very difficult to remake films that were originally in a language other than English. The results have been patchy at best. The ones that seem to do better are the films that have not been well known outside of the film festival circuit of their own territories or are easily translated without losing some of the power of the original. The filmmakers behind the remake of the 2014  Austrian film, Goodnight Mommy, must be hoping for a bit of the second option and based on the trailer they may have maintained the essence of what made the original so good.

When twin brothers arrive at their Mother’s country home to discover her face covered in bandages—the result, she explains, of recent cosmetic surgery—they immediately sense that something doesn’t add up. She sets strange new house rules, smokes in her bathroom, and secretly rips up a drawing they gave her—things their loving mother would never do. As her behaviour grows increasingly bizarre and erratic, a horrifying thought takes root in the boys’ minds: the sinking suspicion that the woman beneath the gauze, who’s making their food and sleeping in the next room, isn’t their mother at all.

The film is directed by Matt Sobel from a screenplay by Kyle Warren and is based on the 2014 film Goodnight Mommy which was written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. The film stars Naomi Watts, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti, Peter Hermann, Crystal Lucas-Perry and Jeremy Bobb.

You can catch Goodnight Mommy on Prime Video from the 16th of September.


John McArthur
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