Closely Watched Trains by Jiri Menzel and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, directed by Werner Herzog
The major theme of the movie is the way it satirizes Soviet Russia during this historical time period, which is unconventional for a movie set in World War II. Other themes emerge as well, such as sexuality (or the repression of sexuality), gender roles and masculinity.
There was also a scene that stuck out to me at the beginning of the movie, where Milos’ mother seems to crown him with his conductors’ hat, maybe signifying the important role that Milos being a train officer plays at the end of the film.
I also thought it was interesting that the …show more content…
Brad is depicted as a very deranged man. It is mentioned that he was depressed, which may have had something to do with his odd behaviour. When asked what made him this way or why he would kill his mother, the only thing his fiancé and friend could say is that he had gone on an excursion to Peru, and came back a changed man. He also lived alone with his mother for a relatively long time, and she seemed to coddle him, even as a grown man. I believe this may have been one of the reasons why he committed matricide.
Music manipulation is used very much in this movie. I’d say that over 95% of the movie has some form of music in the background, making the setting seem either incredibly ominous and bizarre, or ethereal. Brad mentions his inner voice and God numerous times during the film,