Mother and Son
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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 dimension to the full experience of living each moment before death. The mother and son are not named,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Sokurov has thought deeply about his subject, but he does not dwell in the emotional and spiritual lives of this mother and son."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A film to die to."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Sokurov's somnambulistic use of the camera frequently suggests a master painter pausing for minutes, if not hours or days, between each devastating brushstroke."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"as richly textured, and at times also as static, as a master's painting."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Far superior to the pretentious Russian Ark, Aleksandr Sokurov's Mother and Son is full of suffering and painful adulation..."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the greatest films I've ever seen."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Distilled almost to the point of nothingness."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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