My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
If you didn't already know that David Lynch had a hand in producing MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE, it wouldn't take long to make the connection. Packed with Lynchian signatures — sudden lapses into the surreal, a curiosity about big birds and little people — and directed by Werner Herzog, the film is a bizarre merger of two uncommonly individual and idiosyncratic styles... Loosely based on the horrifying true story of Mark Yarovsky — a San Diego grad student who, after being cast as the matricidal lead in the Greek tragedy Orestes, went on to murder his own mother with an antique saber — My Son resembles the standard crime movie about as much as the dysfunctional family in PRECIOUS resembles the Walton clan... My Son revels in the most alienating impulses of both Lynch and Herzog. (Let us not even discuss the tuxedo-wearing dwarf.) Jeannette Catsoulis, www.npr.org
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brad Dourif, Chloë Sevigny, Michael Shannon, Udo Kier
Director: Werner Herzog