Interview clip: Directors talk the real-life basis of “GOODNIGHT MOMMY”


One of the year’s best horror films is now on disc, and we’ve got a supplemental excerpt exploring the background of its twisted take on mother-children relationships.

Austria’s official entry for next year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, GOODNIGHT MOMMY has also been a hit with critics and fans, and broke the $1-million mark in limited release at the U.S. box office. It’s now out on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Radius-TWC, and the clip below from the special-features interview with writer/directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala finds the duo revealing how memories of past parental experience informed their story. The synopsis: “In a lonesome house in the countryside in the heat of mid-summer, 9-year-old twin brothers await their mother’s return from the hospital. When she comes home with her face obscured by bandages, 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 struggle with fatal consequences.”

Actual twins Elias and Lukas Schwarz are the young leads, with Susanne Wuest as their mother. See our review of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, and an interview with the filmmakers.

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