Father and Son Reviews

February 17, 2007
August 20, 2004
Although Father and Son is never as deep or wrenching as Mother and Son, the careful casting and Sokurov's unique visual style continue to make this a series worth following.
August 13, 2004
Here was my question for most of this movie: Wha-? I was clueless. Did not understand.
August 13, 2004
The film may be maddeningly obtuse, but its images are dazzling.
July 30, 2004
The best way to watch Father and Son is to let it wash over you and not be overly concerned with prosaic matters like plot.
July 9, 2004
Poised and teasing in a way that might incite less patient viewers to madness. But you don't come to Sokurov for his narrative agility, you come for his rhapsodic longueurs.
July 7, 2004
The opacity of the characters and situations prevents the film from having any true emotional impact.
July 6, 2004
As it links paternalism, militarism, and nationalism, this achingly beautiful film proves dreamily seductive but also profoundly disturbing.
June 29, 2004
One has the feeling the director has let himself go off the deep end regarding the romantic and idealizing tendencies that, for better or worse, characterize much of his work.
June 24, 2004
Nothing much happens by way of plot in the course of Father and Son, but it offers a fresh and often startling vision of one of the most fundamental relationships between human beings.
June 18, 2004
A feast for the eyes.
June 18, 2004
Sokurov firmly establishes his film as a spiritual parable; the characters' every glance and touch seems a cosmic gesture...
June 17, 2004
a unique, striking, poetic expression of the tumultuous emotions shared by a man and his boy at the crossroads of their lives.
June 17, 2004
Alexander Sokurov's new film is like a dream, or a half-translated poem. Its images and emotions are memorable and vivid, but its intentions often feel stubbornly hermetic.
June 17, 2004
A more naked movie than Father and Son is hard to imagine and would be impossible to watch.
June 17, 2004
Has the tedium without the trance.
June 15, 2004
Borders on the risible but, because Sokurov is Sokurov, this exalted, wacky scenario ... is amazingly staged, inventively edited, and rich in audio layering, with camera placements that sometimes verge on the Brakhagian.
March 25, 2004
A tasty hors d'oeuvre while waiting for a really good French film to come along.
March 5, 2004
At once challenging and ravishing.