Movie #35 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
(2009, US, d. Werner Herzog)
Produced by David Lynch and helmed by Herzog, this Golden Lion Nominee is really a must-see if you’re a fan of either one of them. It takes a simple homicide/hostage situation and not only turns it on its feet, but force feeds it amphetamine and then proceeds to screw it in every pore. But I mean this in a good way. Simply calling it weird and not understandable would do this film severe injustice as it never tries to seek our objective judgement or rational acceptance. It is just a wacky and unconventional way of recounting the events of a mentally unbalanced (probably not the right word) Mama’s boy who finds “God in a cereal box and Satan on an ostrich farm” (Xan Brooks, The Guardian). Though it’s non-linear or strange narrative string is either a hate-or-love element of the film, there is no doubt of its riveting and electric pull.