Ich Seh Ich Seh, marketed in English as Goodnight Mommy, is a captivating little Austrian psychological drama. Though being marketed as a horror film, it is hardly anything of the sort. It does a great job of throwing us in this intriguing world, a house set amongst nature. Makes me want to visit Austria immediately! And it does a good job building its story of two boys suspicious of their mother and her odd behavior.
But I don’t like it when a movie — in its final three minutes — yells out to the audience: “Ha Ha! We got you! We were lying the whole time!” Oh yea, you got me. Boy was I a fool to believe the entire movie up to that point. Silly me.
And when the entire film is based on that lie, then the entire film collapses upon its revelation. Something else – another lie, but a tiny white lie compared to the big one at the end: This film’s title is Ich Seh Ich Seh (English: I See I See). Nowhere in the film is it titled Goodnight Mommy — so if you’re going to sell it like that, then put it in the movie. Otherwise just translate the title, which is much more relevant to the film’s content. A marginal thumbs-down because of the cop-out ending; 5/10