German Auteur Werner Herzog has just released his second cop drama of this year, a sort of companion piece to the brilliant ‘Nicolas Cage smacked off his tits for 90 minutes’ Bad lieutenant; its the clumsily titled My son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.
It stars frequent Herzog collaborator Michael Shannon as the lead with Willam Defoe & Chloe Sevigny in support. The film is inspired by the true story of Mark Yavorsky, a San Diego man obsessed by Aeschylus’s Oresteia who stabbed and killed his mother with an antique saber. Yavorsky was at the time a graduate student at UCSD who had recently been cast in the lead role of a production of The Eumenides. Yavorsky was tried and found not guilty by reason of insanity, and spent many years at Patton State Hospital.
Herzog’s story, as in his other feature films based on true stories, does not follow the historical story of Yavorsky very closely. Herzog has stated that “About 70 percent of the script is false … loosely made up.”
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is at cinemas now on limited release, you can check out the trailer below.