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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

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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.

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Werner Herzog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Brad Macallam
Willem Dafoe ... Detective Havenhurst
Chloë Sevigny ... Ingrid Gudmundson
Udo Kier ... Lee Meyers
Michael Peña ... Detective Vargas
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs Macallam
Brad Dourif ... Uncle Ted
Irma P. Hall ... Mrs Roberts (as Irma Hall)
Loretta Devine ... Ms Roberts
Candice Coke ... Officer Slocum
Gabriel Pimentel ... Little Man
Braden Lynch ... Gary
James C. Burns ... Brown
Noel Arthur ... Naval Guard
Julius Morck Julius Morck ... Phil (as Julius Mørck)
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Storyline

The police are called to a murder scene and quickly discover that the murderer, the victim's son, is holed up in his house with two hostages. Through a series of interviews with both the murderer's fiancée and his theatre director the police piece together a picture of a man losing touch with reality. Written by Anonymous

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The Mystery Isn't Who. But Why.

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2010 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim Güzel Oglum, Ne Yaptin Sen? See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Executive producer David Lynch had previously worked with Willem Dafoe in Wild at Heart (1990) and Brad Dourif in both Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986). He has also worked with Grace Zabriskie on several projects including Twin Peaks (1990), Wild at Heart (1990) and Inland Empire (2006). See more »

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When the detectives first receive the call, they speed off with their lights flashing. They are, however, in Coronado and driving away from the bridge they would need to take them over to San Diego. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Vargas: Do you want me to take the wheel Hank?
Detective Hank Havenhurst: No, no - it's no problem. I've driven halfway across the country with one hand.
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Reeks of Lynch, in a good way.
9 January 2011 | by infestation_of_soulsSee all my reviews

Please, don't listen to the under-educated reviews; "David Lynch never set foot in the studio". Regardless of whether or not David Lynch had his hands in this film, it shines with his awkward characterization. For those who are familiar with David Lynch's works, specifically Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, you know that he likes to make social situations very awkward and uncomfortable. Any given Twin Peaks episode felt like there were a herd of elephants in the room for every scene.

I would go as far as to say that this is a modern episode of Twin Peaks. Granted Herzog was in control; Lynch fans won't be disappointed. The acting is brilliant; and THE SCORE! Dear God the score is wonderful. Foreboding, intriguing, smooth at times, and critically dissonant at others.

Worth your time.


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