Where does a family visit end and a home invasion begin?

When a couple of thirty-somethings let the mother of one of them cross the threshold into their home, they have no idea that they have just entered a kind of purgatory. Their peaceful life is slowly transformed into a chaotic wreck. Valerie, a well-groomed woman in her sixties, is an energetic diva who little by little conquers not only the space of the apartment, but also the minds of its occupants. As the creeping home invasion gains force, certainties are undermined and the boundaries of privacy are demolished. Are moms and mothers-in-law always right? Do they have good intentions toward us? And isn’t that why they are the scariest monsters of them all?

Our goal was to create a very ambivalent character: sometimes you want to kill her, sometimes you want to hug her. Bits and pieces of her came from us observing our friends and family. I know many people with personalities that are very rich, deep and empathetic, but also almost toxic and unbearable to be around.

Tomáš Pavlíček

We enjoy mixing different genres – as filmmakers, but also as viewers. It just makes a film feel fresh and more ambiguous. But this is the essence of life, too – we can rarely be happy without something bothering us inside. We can laugh and at the same time feel this tension.

Jan Vejnar

About movie

Czech Republic, 2023, 85 minutes

Cast / Jiří Rendl , Simona Peková , Annete Nesvadbová
Writer / Jan Vejnar , Tomáš Pavlíček
Story / Jan Vejnar , Tomáš Pavlíček
DoP / Šimon Dvořáček
Editor / Jan Vansa
Sound / Michaela Patríková

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