I watched this a couple of months back, during the days leading up to Halloween. The first time I heard of this movie was when I read about it in James Franco’s blog. Ich seh ich seh is an Austrian horror movie by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. The movie starts slow, as a lot of European films do. It’s as if European films do not feel the need to have action from the beginning, and I sort of like that… almost as if they trust their audiences to have better attention spans than American film audiences. However, by the time I was halfway through the movie, I started to have doubts about this film. It seemed like nothing was happening. I was even thinking of giving up on it, but I’m glad I did not. The payoff is in the final act, that’s when things kick in and all the “boring” bits in the beginning suddenly take on new meaning.
The film starts with two boys, twins, playing outside. A car drives up… it’s their mom, coming back from plastic surgery with her face all bandaged up. And there you have all the main cast members of the film – the mom and the two boys. All other roles are minor and take up little screen time. As the story progresses, the mom’s behaviour becomes a bit strange, till you start to question if the woman under all that bandage is really their mom, or someone else pretending to be her. The boys then start to think of ways to test and establish if the woman is really their mother, or an impostor.
In terms of originality, the theme has been done before (as with any other movie) but that does not mean it doesn’t deserve a watch. In fact, after I finished it, I wanted to watch it again. If you do watch this movie, stay till the end. And try to avoid any spoilers or finding out too much as this is one of those movies where knowing too much takes away a lot of the enjoyment. The trailer is below, but be warned…. the trailer is VERY misleading and makes the movie out to be some weird supernatural horror movie. It is NOT that kind of movie at all… I would categorise it as a slow burn psychological thriller…. definitely recommended, as long as you know what you are getting into.