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on: November 04, 2014, 12:54:17 PM

In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust.

Written and Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz (Ulrich Seidl's screenwriting partner)
Starring Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, and Lukas Schwarz
Cinematography by Martin Gschlacht (Revanche)
Release Date - TBD

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Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 04:52:22 PM

In theaters September 11, 2015


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Reply #2 on: September 24, 2015, 03:40:34 PM
Blu-ray sometime soon


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Reply #3 on: September 25, 2015, 09:15:55 AM
I saw this, it's really good. But also the kind of movie that I'm not sure I could/would watch again. For the first hour or so I was thinking, okay this is one of those foreign Haneke-esque films that's full of dread and creepiness but not really a horror film. Then Shit. Gets. Real. I saw an afternoon screening in Brooklyn last weekend and there were 4 walkouts during the last 15 minutes.

It wasn't that the violence was that extreme, but it's of the toenail pulling variety that is so cringeworthy and it's also because the first hour is so lacking in it, I think people just weren't prepared for it to take a left turn into being that kind of movie. Like Audition it's more disturbing because you spend so long being lulled into thinking it won't go there, and then it does.

The shift in the audiences allegiances is one of the most disturbing and effective I've ever seen.
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Reply #4 on: September 25, 2015, 02:28:30 PM

The shift in the audiences allegiances is one of the most disturbing and effective I've ever seen.

This is so true.


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Reply #5 on: September 28, 2015, 01:14:49 AM
very specific spoilers

i knew nothing about this movie going in, and the second i saw the twins i knew one of them was dead. they made it incredibly obvious. including not giving the second child a name until the last third of the film and making the mom reject the presence of the child visibly like a million times.

this was very distracting and obnoxious because the other parts of the film are amazing.

modage is spot on with the gore bc it is so sporadic subtle and new that its mind boggling.

i dont agree entirely with the allegiance thing bc the kids were ominous from the beginning
but i definitely feel what you mean

highly highly recommended


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Reply #6 on: October 06, 2015, 02:12:04 PM
I didn't love the movie.
I was fine with the clearly predictable plot point hidden on these other posts until I realized that the movie was not fine with me predicting it.


I liked the tone of the movie during the first half and the twist to making the kids evil was fun enough, but once that happened, it devolved into torture porn with a finale that is so proud of exclaiming the "twist" we saw coming for a while. I think it started promising, but didn't really know what it had going for it because it was all squandered in the end.


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Reply #7 on: October 13, 2015, 01:51:36 PM
This is screening in my town next week, looking forward to seeing it.
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