Directed by Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying observational struggle with fatal consequences on par with THE SHINING and DEAD RINGERS.
9 year old twin brothers await their mother’s return home. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is.
Cast: Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Hans Escher
Brilliant and goes far deeper than a surface level reading of the twist. Arthouse horror at it's finest.
The twist might be predictable and I picked up on clues indicating it early on, but this movie still delivers a really tense, atmospheric story. STRONG visuals; contrasting the pristine deco house with the roaches the boys keep, the mother's plastic surgery and how the results are pretty but the recovery is ugly, how it betrays that everything here looks nice but something unsaid and unpleasant is simmering. The shift in who we're afraid for happens so smoothly and informs WHY we should be afraid the further we go in. This movie is about what's not seen but still felt.
I can't believe people are actually praising the "twist". Are you clueless??? It's pretty obvious in the first 15 minutes what it is and the writers aren't even clever about it throughout the movie. A hard skip on this one for anyone with half a clue. Been done tons of times, way better.
Meh. It's been done, and better.
I spent the whole film tense. Really did not expect that twist. 10/10