Favorite New Films: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

posted by The Joe

Ah, Werner Herzog. You never disappoint.

This infamous collaboration between Herzog and David Lynch is a bit reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh’s Full Frontal and Lynch’s own INLAND EMPIRE. Both involve masters of their craft running wild with video technology, seemingly shooting whatever comes to mind in locations they just happened to have access to. It makes for a rather tangential experience in this case, but nonetheless highly surreal and entertaining.

My Son, My Son plays around with Greek tragedy and cop procedural, kind of, and Herzog has everyone acting in a theatrical style not far off from the hypnosis acting from Heart of Glass. But despite merely an executive producer credit, Lynch’s handiwork can be felt almost as much as Herzog’s. Their styles blend together, the film keeps getting stranger, and Brad Dourif eventually shows up to be awesome.

This is an easy film to dismiss as a nonsensical experiment, and it’s certainly not one of Herzog’s grandest achievements, but sequences in the mountains of Peru, a time tunnel in Montreal, and a park in San Diego where time almost stops make this far more intriguing than most traditional films of any given year.

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is currently playing this week in Minneapolis at St. Anthony Main.

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done – Trailer

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 10:39 am