Mother and Son
Mother and Son (1998)

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 4, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Sokurov has thought deeply about his subject, but he does not dwell in the emotional and spiritual lives of this mother and son.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

A film to die to.

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Rob Humanick
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.

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Anton Bitel

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

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Far superior to the pretentious Russian Ark, Aleksandr Sokurov's Mother and Son is full of suffering and painful adulation...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of the greatest films I've ever seen.

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Jeremy Heilman

Distilled almost to the point of nothingness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
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… More
George Matalliotakis
Very beautiful film, slow, meditative and poetic. The cinematography is very inspired and allows to see the spatiotemporal element as an abstraction. The film… More