MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE

Director Werner Herzog
Year 2009
Starring Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny, Udo Kier, Michael Peña, Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif
Rating R
Run Time 91min
More Info IMDb

Screening in 35mm as part of the series The Complete David Lynch!

Inspired by a gripping true story, MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE marks the first ever collaboration between cinema greats David Lynch and Werner Herzog. An intense observation of the mind and madness behind a brutal crime, it tells the story of Brad McCullum (Michael Shannon), an engaging and committed stage actor who becomes obsessed with the Greek tragedy he is rehearsing. Brad slips into a spiral of mystifying intrigue that will ultimately become his undoing. Ostriches, matricide and unhinged lunacy abound in this cop-procedural oddity as detective Willem Defoe pieces together the story McCullum's decent into madness with help from Chloë Sevigny and the always menacing Udo Kier.

Though producer David Lynch had no creative involvement in the film itself, it plays like a strange homage to the world of Lynch filtered through the entirely unique perspective of Werner Herzog. A fascinating, frustrating, disturbing and beautiful experience.

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