Mother and Son

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Movie Info

In a small house in the countryside of Russia, a son (Alexei Ananischnov) cares for his sick, elderly mother (Gudrun Geyer) as they prepare for her death. As the mother struggles to breathe and her health gradually deteriorates, her son holds her, feeds her and does his best to comfort her. When the son finally brings the mother to her death bed, the two embark on a journey through a hallucinatory outdoor landscape where they spend their final moments together.

Cast & Crew

Alexei Ananischnov
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Aleksandr Golutva
Executive Producer
Martin Hagemann
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Katrin Schlösser
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Critic Reviews for Mother and Son

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Mother and Son

  • Oct 30, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer

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