Mother and Son (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mother and Son (1998)




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A devoted son tenderly attends to his dying mother amidst the splendor of a beautiful landscape. A lyrical, slow-paced and bittersweet film, it is filmed in the romantic style of a Caspar David Friedrich painting.


Critic Reviews for Mother and Son

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

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
AV Club
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
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…
Film Journal International

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

July 11, 2007 | Full Review…

One of the greatest films I've ever seen.

June 2, 2006 | Full Review…
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Mother and Son


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.

George Matalliotakis
George Matalliotakis

Super Reviewer


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.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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