Based on a true story, Herzog's tale follows San Diego man Brad McCullum (Shannon) whose disturbing experiences in Peru causes him to murder his mother with a sword.
Herzog was ready to shoot My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done just before Bad Lieutenant, and it shares the same cranky DNA. Both movies present men luxuriating in their own insanity, both laugh heartily in the face of repulsion. Based on the case of Mark Yavorsky, who killed his mother with a three-foot sword in the belief he was re-enacting the Greek tragedy Orestes, Herzog reshapes events as a malevolent suburban comedy with random flamingos and lashings of Lynchian unease (Lynch executive-produced). Baffling, unpredictable and overloaded, it’s minor Herzog but major-league weird.
With David Lynch and Werner Herzog involved it's just as elliptical and twisted as you might expect.