Begotten (1990)

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Avg Rating: 3 / 5. Voted: 46

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Directed by: E. Elias Merhige
Starring: Brian Salzburg (God), Donna Dempsey (Mother Earth), Stephen Charles Barry (Son of Earth)
Country: United States
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Runtime: 01:12:05
Genres: Bizarre-Surreal, Gore-Splatter, Sexual-Violence against Men, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Self-Harm, Necrophilia, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
Begotten is a silent surreal movie that begins with a robed man slashing himself with a razor. He then proceeds to disembowel himself at which point a woman emerges from under his robe. She engages with him sexually, rubs his cum on her bushy cunt and is soon pregnant!

The woman delivers a spastic malformed grown man who crawls about before a strange group of people come upon him and proceed to torment him and later, his mother.

Begotten is a good enough watch without assigning any purpose or meaning. However, if you’d like to assign purpose or a philosophical meaning to it all, the credits help in this regard. The first man was God Killing Himself. The woman was Mother Earth. And the spastic man, the Son of Earth.

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Mike T
Mike T
September 21, 2019 8:28 am

This is rather excellent. For me, the point is “juxtaposition,” and not just by the obvious life and death, but if you wanna follow that thread, then god is dead but man lives on as the offspring of a godless world. But what do I know.

betterthan u
betterthan u
Reply to  Mike T
February 27, 2020 2:20 am

you know absolutely nothing.

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  betterthan u
July 26, 2021 8:58 pm

I’m not sure the director ever made any statement about God being real. If anything, by referring to his actors as deities, he is stating that God is a fabrication of language??

This movie is only the depiction of a ritual sacrifice.

The director failed to understand that in the production of art he’s communicating with an audience that does not necessarily have the same database of knowledge as himself?

I’m still disturbed by this movie a day later. How does nobody teach art students these lessons in school? Am I actually the blind one? Does this make perfect sense to intelligent people?

This movie was an extremely, extremely, extremely boring and confusing watch and you brand it as excellent. wtf?

Sara
Sara
November 1, 2019 9:35 pm

Mother Nature gives birth to god and his son suffers the consequences. Beautiful without being pretentious, surprisingly.

Thank you for this site – I’d already seen a great deal of the films on here, but now I’ve made it my mission to see every movie you have on file here. Really enjoying it — Thank you for that!

betterthan u
betterthan u
Reply to  Sara
February 27, 2020 2:21 am

ur literally retarded most pretentious movie of all time :l

stinky
stinky
Reply to  betterthan u
May 7, 2020 5:02 pm

DEADD u didn’t lie though

g
g
June 19, 2020 5:37 am

i normally love some pretentious art, if only to pull it apart and laugh at it, but jesus christ. this was so boring i actually almost fell asleep, no hyperbole.

kvothe
kvothe
Reply to  g
April 27, 2022 11:05 pm

I actually did fall asleep during this one, a couple of times actually. took me more than a few tries to actually finish the whole thing.

spoopy
spoopy
January 3, 2021 3:55 pm

Sounds like libturd shit. I’ll pass thanks.

listerjed1
listerjed1
January 22, 2021 12:50 pm

I am pretty open to new things, and film is an art from after all, so I gave this a watch. It actually started to hurt my eyes after about 15 mins. I don’t understand why someone who has a message they want to convey would film in extreme, shaky close up with blinding lighting and no focus. it is so grainy, you can’t tell what is going on at any point! Kudoes to EUM for keeping these coming, but this is appaling!

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  listerjed1
July 26, 2021 7:27 am

You don’t understand because this movie is the work of a fool (not trying to be rude).

My favorite part? (sarcasm). The juxtaposition of classical imagery (eg the grand sky, clouds and moon behind blades of grass!! a river flowing in slow motion!!) amid this nonsensical mess of a job (as if to be some deeply perceptive contemporary artist returning to romantic notions as they best capture the essence of their ideas).

Honestly, if you actually care about what this piece is trying to say, I believe it’s about social inequality: the fact that those who are born in less fortunate circumstances are used by the more organized and intelligent and strong purely with the motivation of achieving “their” goals. That the life of the poor, and “weak” amounts to being dragged into a position without their consent and “cooked” into food for the birds.
And that this pattern of abuse has been going on for time immemorial, which is why it is portrayed in granular black and white.

Please don’t watch and support this work. For instance, I can admit that I probably can’t become the best ballet dancer in Russia at this point in time. In fact, it is very likely a pointless endeavour and I hope that the world would give me such feedback before I wasted 10 years of my life.

Zed Man
Zed Man
January 24, 2021 9:43 am

What sort of drugs was the director on? This was just awful and not in a good way. Utter rubbish and thats being kind. 0/5.

fred fat
fred fat
April 14, 2021 8:36 pm

its not ideal to handle a razor if u have a twitch

FrankyTeardrop
FrankyTeardrop
July 25, 2021 11:34 pm

ridiculously pretentious and too long i slept thru it twice still kinda groovy though

Glum.Sullen
Glum.Sullen
August 6, 2021 5:05 pm

Anybody who doesnt like this is a faggot, plain and simple.

saggytatta
saggytatta
Reply to  Glum.Sullen
August 6, 2021 8:12 pm

I couldn’t agree more 🙂

asseater223
asseater223
October 24, 2021 10:54 pm

bitches these days man????‼️

Bartel
Bartel
May 12, 2022 2:01 am

Those were the times:
It seems back then you could make a movie like BEGOTTEN, someone takes a look at it and before you know it your second film is starring Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich.
Think of BEGOTTEN as your business card nowadays? Would Disney hire you from the spot for the next Marvel movie. Don´t think so. I really have to rewatch SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE