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Mother and Son

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

Dec 12, 2000

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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.

August 6, 2002
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Sokurov's somnambulistic use of the camera frequently suggests a master painter pausing for minutes, if not hours or days, between each devastating brushstroke.

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sokurov has thought deeply about his subject, but he does not dwell in the emotional and spiritual lives of this mother and son.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

as richly textured, and at times also as static, as a master's painting.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

One of the greatest films I've ever seen.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A film to die to.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Far superior to the pretentious Russian Ark, Aleksandr Sokurov's Mother and Son is full of suffering and painful adulation...

November 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Distilled almost to the point of nothingness.

May 10, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Mother and Son

For what it is, Mother and Son is a fantastic film. Simple and effective, it really does go straight for the emotions. The script is a thoughtful and intelligent piece of writing. This is mainly film as art, enjoy it for the scenery and the poetic visual style. The film also keeps things lean with a short running time. This is essential to it's success as it, very easily, could have outstayed it's welcome.
April 24, 2009

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Very beautiful film, slow, meditative and poetic. The cinematography is very inspired and allows to see the spatiotemporal element as an abstraction. The film can be taking place nowhere and everywhere or it can even represent an inner state of emotions. The truth is that there are a couple of shots which are overlong for no aparent reason (except maybe to over-emphasise the conteplative side of the images) and this pushes the rhythm of the film beyond the limits it can take. As a result you can find many times yourself against an image/shot that has exhausted its meaning (which is minimal anyway and easy to grasp) and then not be able to focus or 'meditate' anymore on it. One can only take a few times the same scene of a fragmented dialogue that ends with the mother sleeping! Nevertheless, its atmopshere, mood and dreamlike sensibility stays with you long after the film has ended.
October 30, 2011
George Matalliotakis

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