One of the main dishes that amazed —and made us squirm in our seats— many of us who attended the Sitges Festival in 2014 was ‘Goodnight Mommy’; an overwhelming Austrian production directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz whose proposal in the key of terror elegantly hybridized the icy mechanisms that we associate with the cinema of authors such as Michael Haneke and the grotesque delights of the torture porn.
copy paste feeling
As usual when a European feature film makes more noise than expected, its American remake was a matter of time. After learning that Matt Sobel —’New flavor of cherry’— would go behind the scenes to direct Naomi Watts, we can finally get a first look at his ‘Good night mom‘ in the trailer that you can see on these lines.
It may be because of the tone of the preview or because of the material chosen, but, personally, the first impression that this new version has given me, in addition to suggesting a null narrative evolution, seems to have lost the aesthetic and tonal claim that made the original so special. However, it will be necessary to give it a chance before sentencing.
To be able to lay down the glove we will have to wait for next September 16, when it will be released on Amazon Prime video. While we do it, he will leave you with his official synopsis and his poster —and with the recommendation to see the Austrian film if you haven’t already done so—.
“It’s the middle of summer and two twin brothers are patiently waiting for their mother to return home from plastic surgery. When she arrives with her face completely bandaged, she is cold, distant and obsessive. The change in her personality will make the children Ask if the woman who has arrived is really your mother or if she is an impostor.”