She Came at Night

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?

Přišla v noci
Czechia 2023
  • hearing impaired
  • English
88 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia.

Jirka and Aneta are a young couple who enjoy the routine of their quiet relationship and are in no hurry to make big decisions in life. One night in their inherited flat, the doorbell rings and standing at the door is Jirka’s mother Valerie. An initially brief call turns into a never-ending visit from an intense and caustic diva whose presence fundamentally disrupts the couple’s privacy. Certainties are shaken, boundaries broken. Although the film’s directorial duo works with a familiar premise, they subvert any dark humor with a sense of tension more commonly found in horror movies, all of it wrapped in the penetrating question: Is the mother’s unbearable smothering legitimate or are mothers sometimes the biggest monsters of all?

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Director: Tomáš Pavlíček, Jan Vejnar
Screenplay: Jan Vejnar, Tomáš Pavlíček
Cinematography: Šimon Dvořáček
Music: Aid Kid
Sound: Michaela Patríková
Editing: Jakub Vansa
Production Design: Zuzana Mazáčová
Producer: Eva Pavlíčková, Pavel Vácha, Tomáš Pavlíček, Jan Vejnar, Šimon Dvořáček
Co-production: Vit Schmarc
Cast: Simona Peková, Annette Nesvadbová, Jiří Rendl, Vladimír Kratina, Judit Bárdos, Denisa Barešová, Michal Kern

Czech Film Critic Awards

2023 – Eva Pavlíčková, Jan Vejnar, Pavel Vácha, Šimon Dvořáček, Tomáš Pavlíček (Best Film)

Czech Film Critic Awards

2023 – Jan Vejnar, Tomáš Pavlíček (Best Directors)

Czech Film Critic Awards

2023 – Simona Peková (Best Actress)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia.