My Son My Son What Have Ye Done
Apr 09 - Apr 22, 2010
(Werner Herzog, USA, 2009, 35mm, 91 min)
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A cinematic cocktail combo, the wholly creative marriage of German agitator Werner Herzog and absurdist David Lynch, featuring a strong cast of notable character actors, including Michael Shannon (Shotgun Stories), Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny, and Udo Kier, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, based on a harrowing true story, spins an eccentric tale of ancient myth and modern madness, told in a string of flashbacks. A detective (played by Dafoe) tries to piece together the psychological deterioration of Brad Macallam (Michael Shannon), a San Diego actor who, after being cast as the matricidal lead in a production of a Greek tragedy, ends up killing his own mother in real life.
Jammed with ostrich farms, Peruvian jungles, and a staging of Sophocles’ Oresteia, this surreal take on reality is the perfect mix of the synthetic with the natural, the iconoclastic and the expected leaving us as always with these two auteurs, queasily involved.
“Five stars! Mesmerizing…a singular cinematic object!” —Time Out New York
"Everything about this berserk, essentially static procedural is just crazy enough to be true. In any case, Herzog has gone beyond Good and Evil to reinvent himself as a candidate for the wiggiest director of comedy in America today." —J. Hoberman, Village Voice
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