Saturday, July 23, 2016

Begotten (1990)

World Artists
Directed by E. Elias Merhige
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

A man gruesomely kills himself in a rocking chair on a front porch. A woman emerges from behind him, but stops to have sex with the dead body. She flees to a barren landscape and gives birth to a full grown man but who has unexplained convulsions.  Later, some men in robes drag her through rocks, rape and kill her. It's not until the credits roll that we learn the characters were actually God, Mother Earth and Son of Earth. I still don't buy it. Shot in a pretentious, blurry black-and-white with excessively violent and occasionally pornographic imagery.

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