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'Child of God' a horrifying look at darkness

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  • Lester (Scott Haze) lives a depraved life in "Child of God."

    Lester (Scott Haze) lives a depraved life in "Child of God."

 
By Michael O'Sullivan
The Washington Post

As Lester, an angry, violent homeless man who may be borderline developmentally disabled, mad, or both, Scott Haze is both riveting and revolting in "Child of God." Adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel by the filmmaker and actor James Franco, "Child of God" is a deeply disturbing film centered on a murderous, animal-like necrophiliac. Yet Franco keeps viewers' attention, mainly by harnessing the power of Haze.

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