Mother and Son (1998)
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Critic Reviews for Mother and Son
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.
as richly textured, and at times also as static, as a master's painting.
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.
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.
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