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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? [DVD] [2009]

Michael Shannon , Loretta Devine , Werner Herzog    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Shannon, Loretta Devine, Chloe Sevigny, Grace Zabriskie, Willem Dafoe
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Scanbox Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037Z967I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first collaboration between legendary filmmakers David Lynch and Werner Herzog, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done was inspired by a true crime story of a young stage actor who, obsessed with a Greek tragedy he s rehearsing, slays his own mother with a sword. Academy Award® Nominees Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloë Sevigny headline this psychological thriller directed by Herzog, produced by Lynch and featuring Udo Kier, Brad Dourif and long-time Lynch collaborator Grace Zabriskie.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

* AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR WERNER HERZOG, WRITER HERBERT GOLDER & PRODUCER ERIC BASSETT.
* INTERVIEWS WITH WERNER HERZOG & HERBERT GOLDER + BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE.

Review

Providing instead the delight of watching Herzog feed the police hostage formula into the Mixmaster of his imagination --Chicago Sun Times

A surreal descent into a twilight zone created by the twisted sensibilities of two cinematic geniuses --New York Post

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lynch and Herzog Combined. 23 Jun 2013
By j.r
Format:DVD
My Son, My Son, What have ye done? is a very well made and well cast movie but is almost a step backwards for the two famous directors, Herzog and Lynch, as there is very little plot or substance. With Lynch especially, you expect a certain amount of mystery. However at 90mins this film is still an excellent watch with memorable scenes. Michael Shannon is an excellent lead although I think he could have under played it a little more. A similar film to this is Peter Bogdanovich's film Targets(1968) which featured the last film appearance of Boris Karloff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Razzle them. Dazzle them. Razzle-dazzle them. 19 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
I'll get it out of the way now, i am a huge Herzog fan, so i'm sorry if i may seem a little biased at times.

I put on this DVD knowing little about it, the way i usually like to go into a film. it opens in a typically Herzogian fashion, Lynch fans may say Lynchian, but i'll stick with what i know best and what with Herzog being in creative control, and knowing the mans history for control on set i'd say Lynch had very litle to do with the finished product, other than making sure it got to a distributor, but I digress, it opens in typical herzog style, long shot of a passing train, music, cut straight to our detectives talking in their car.

No time is wasted and the story very quickly gets to where we will be spending the rest of the movie, aside from scenes covering the back story.

i'm not going to say much about the story itself as i personally don't like to know anything much about a film before i watch it, maybe a little basic story, but that's about it.

In short it is The story of Brad, played by the very talented Michael Shannon, a persistant "manchild" who lives with his overbearing mother, played by typically offbeat Lynch regular Grace Zabriskie, he is a gifted actor, but becomes rather obsessed with a role in a Greek tragedy he is rehearsing, leading to him slaying his mother with a sword.

The rest of the film is flashbacks leading upto and helping to explain, the tragic events.

The whole cast is very good, especially Michael Shannon, as Brad, and Chloe sevigny as his girlfriend. Willem Dafoe plays it fairly low key as one of the detectives and Herzog regular Brad Dourif gets to be wonderfully over the top as Brads Bird farming Uncle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valid and true example of mental decline 23 May 2014
Format:DVD
See it from another perspective. Whether a Herzog or Lynch fan, this is an insightful look into the mind of a man deteriating into mental illness. As someone with experience of this I found it fascinating to see the perspective of all people trying to comprehend or investigate the behaviour / changes to this man based on their familiarity or limited experience of him and how peoples subjective view influenced this. Also it's interesting to note how those closest can fail to see or be in denial about what's in front of then when decline is slow. Having gone on an internet dig I found a psychiatrists blog stating that, if you wanted a character study into a mans decline into schizophrenia look no further. This film is based on a true story! Michael Shannon has performed a great tribute to those in need of help who can often go overlooked. It is sad though that this scenario ended in such tragedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE WHOLE WORLD ALMOST STOPPED 19 July 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Brad (Michael Shannon) has murdered his mother (Grace Zabriskie) with whom he had an odd relationship. Brad was in a play where the lead character kills his mother. As Brad is in a standoff with the police, homicide detective (Willem Dafoe) interviews Brad's fiancee (ChloŽ Sevigny) and stage director (Udo Kier). The story is told as flashbacks.

The director utilizes scenes from these interviews to show Brad's descent into madness. A surreal feeling is created around pivotal points when everyone stops moving. It is not a freeze frame, but a moment when the "whole world almost stops." These are supposed to highlight things which shaped Brad's thinking.

I was doing fine following the symbolism up to the point they started talking about the midget riding a dwarf pony being chased by a giant rooster around the tallest tree...as one of the four horsemen. Seriously Herzog?

The acting was good. With Lynch and Herzog you can expect something unusual, a drama where we try to discover what the killer was thinking. 4 1/2 stars.

Token f-Bombs, no sex or nudity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For a Herzog fan irresistible 29 Jan 2013
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Interesting, atmospheric feature from a Herzog-Lynch (!) team. Superb casting and intriguing plot is treated in way that could enchant any Herzog/Lynch fan, even though a criminal suspense is somewhat softened by ubiquitous, "too-much" music which never stops. Anyway, this is exactly what one can expect from such collaboration: improvisationary acting, strange characters and moody atmosphere.
Interviews with Herzog and some of the actors also included.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense thriller, and more... 24 Sep 2010
By J. Webb
Format:DVD
I saw this at the cinema recently and was very impressed. Having always been a fan of Herzog and Lynch I was interested to see how much influence Lynch might of had on the film in his role as producer. The answer is, I think, a fair amount. The film is unmistakably 'Herzog' in the characterization and story with definate echoes of his classic work, notably Aquirre. Yet Lynch's influence is extremely apparent at times creating a surreal sheen to the proceedings (there's even a creepy dwarf bit!)

All this goes to create an extremely entertaining film which leaves you with plenty to ponder afterward.

A quick note on the cast - Willem Dafoe gives one of his best and empathetic performances in years. Uldo Kier crops up in a brilliant cameo role - but the star is Michael Shannon who is simply excellent, he's really turning into one of the best character actors around.

In a nutshell, the film delivers a great, tense police/hostage/siege thriller but also has a sly humour and intelligence sadly lacking from most mainstream fare.
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