Despite the Gods (2012)

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Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her auspicious directorial debut in 1993 with cult classic Boxing Helena. She was the youngest American woman to direct a feature film, and after that she took an extended hiatus. Fifteen years later, a recovering addict and hard-working single mother, Lynch returns to the director's chair with an ambitious project that will test her skills and the entire crew's sanity. Despite the Gods brings us behind the scenes on the set of Lynch's Bollywood/Hollywood action film about a man-eating snake goddess. In the spirit of LOST IN LA MANCHA and OVERNIGHT, Penny Vozniak, friend of one of the producers hired on to do behind-the-scenes on HISSS, ended up chronicling Lynch slowly losing her grip over a much-extended eight-month shoot.

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Critic Reviews for Despite the Gods

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Mostly serves as an overwrought "woe-is-me" tale about a director in over her head.

Mar 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

An absorbing documentary chronicling the derailment of an ambitious, Bollywood-style filmmaking effort.

Oct 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Don't expect any insight into the filmmaking process.

Oct 17, 2013 | Full Review…

A penetrating, highly entertaining portrait of Lynch as an artist and single mother living through the despairing lows and exhilarating highs of filming on the subcontinent.

Jun 26, 2012 | Full Review…

A daunting character study of an artist racked by her own insecurities, instabilities and inabilities.

Jun 26, 2012 | Full Review…

Cinema of the absurd

May 17, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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