My Son, My Son - What Have Ye' Done? R

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Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.

Starring:
Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

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My Son, My Son - What Have Ye' Done?

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Werner Herzog
Starring Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe
Supporting actors ChloŽ Sevigny, Udo Kier, Michael PeŮa, Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Irma P. Hall, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Pimentel, Braden Lynch, James C. Burns, Noel Arthur, Julius Morck, Fred Parnes, Jesse Rodriguez, Jenn Liu, Brian Sounalath, Stefan Cap, Douglas Lay
Studio First Look
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The acting was good.
The Movie Guy
Most of the viewers will get this movie, but many of us would rather of had the story told from a different and less obscure and artistic prespective.
Ron
Oh, and there are lots of flamingoes.
Viva

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By phreejax on May 15, 2011
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The film is based on the 1979 murder by Mark Yavorsky of his mother. I only vaguely remember this San Diego case, so I did a quick 'google' on Yavorsky, and easily found some background that made this movie much richer for me. It really is a bit of a Greek tragedy, as Yavorsky clearly was a very talented young man (basketball star, poet, writer, actor) who slowly descended into acute psychosis -- which, apparently, no one did very much about. And he really was playing Orestes (Greek for, 'a man who can conquer mountains,' a fact subtly used in the movie) in a USD production. And Orestes, of course, is best known for ... murdering his mother.

It's not that the movie doesn't tell Yavorsky's story well -- I think Herzog did as well as anyone could; it's just that I think I 'got' some of the nuance a bit better after reading some of the old news articles out there. Also interesting, I thought, is that the screenwriter, Herbert Golder, actually interviewed Yavorsky a few times. (Yavorsky was found innocent by reason of insanity, probably the right call, and served many years in a mental health facility).

David Lynch produced the movie, but this is not a "Lynch" movie, as he never set foot on the set nor contributed to the script. This time, the midget and pink flamingos belong wholly to Werner Herzog.

The acting and production values are great, as one would expect. All in all, a very good film, and highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Viva on November 8, 2010
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Herzog and Lynch team up for this very strange story of a troubled man who spends time in Peru and comes back different--though this is never really explained. The guy is the lead in a Greek play and ends up wanting to kill just as his character does, except he does it for real. Much time is spent with the police talking to the play's director and the man's fiancee to try to understand why he did it.

Oh, and there are lots of flamingoes. And ostriches. And a basketball.

Odd, and has an interesting and offbeat soundtrack, but I don't really think I would recommend it overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maximalist81 on October 28, 2013
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I really wanted to like Michael Shannon being totally crazypants insane but the movie was just boring in its set-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zelda Bogart on November 8, 2012
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After you watch this movie, you think, "Holy crap, what a WASTE of time!" This sentiment quickly fades after a few moments and then the following thoughts sink in, "Or wait... was it BRILLIANT?" and "I need to see it again RIGHT NOW." and "I wish I wrote down the best quotes while I was watching, I want to have them in my head forever."

It's so odd, in a great way. You will absolutely hate it or undyingly love it. If you're the kind of person who can only handle average, mundane, predictable plots and dialogue, this ain't for you. If you love strangeness, offbeatness, and flamingos (They're not flamingos! They're my eagles in drag!) then purchase this gem RIGHT NOW.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 28, 2012
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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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By CherylDiana on December 11, 2013
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I ordered this film via my Amazon Prime streaming video account to review for my website haveuscene.com. Since I'm always looking for a strange film that most people have not seen I wanted to give it view. The film is weird and worth a look but not my favorite.
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