Mother and Son (1998)
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With a visually stunning, quiet intensity, director Alexander Sokurov awakens the senses to the world of nature, human relationships, and death in this film about the poignant last hours of a dying mother and the son who cares for her. The film begins before the first scene and ends after the last, with the sound of wind in the trees and the songs of birds. Special filters and lenses were used to work with reflecting planes, to manipulate light and shadow as an artist would, and to give added
Feb 4, 1998 Wide
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The haunting, unforgettable images in Mother And Son leave no doubt as to why [Sokurov] is considered one of the world's premier film artists.
Sokurov's somnambulistic use of the camera frequently suggests a master painter pausing for minutes, if not hours or days, between each devastating brushstroke.
This is a dreamlike film that demands to be seen again and again, not because it's so complex but because it's so simple, moving, universal and relevant.
Sokurov has thought deeply about his subject, but he does not dwell in the emotional and spiritual lives of this mother and son.
Far superior to the pretentious Russian Ark, Aleksandr Sokurov's Mother and Son is full of suffering and painful adulation...
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