Despite the Gods | Chicago Reader

Despite the Gods

Documentary maker Penny Vozniak follows Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David Lynch, as she directs Hisss, a U.S.-Indian coproduction whose shoot ran six months behind schedule. A behind-the-scenes look at a troubled project, this recalls Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's Lost in La Mancha (2002), about Terry Gilliam's doomed fantasy The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. But whereas the earlier documentary took a fascinating look at the unforeseeable obstacles of film production, this one is a mostly boring profile of Lynch, who comes off as inconsiderate, self-absorbed, childish, and reactionary. Whether she's like this in real life or Vozniak edited the footage to make her appear that way is anyone's guess, but don't expect any insight into the filmmaking process. In English and subtitled Hindi.

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