Alexander Sokurov’s extraordinarily lyrical film is a beautiful and tender ex-ploration of the deep affection between an ailing mother and her devoted adult son. Set in a hauntingly beautiful landscape which Sokurov’s camera transforms into stunning cinematic canvases, the pair recall happier times as the dutiful son lovingly nurses his ailing mother in her final hours. The first part in a proposed trilogy about familial bonds that continues with the captivating Father and Son, Mother and Son is an emotional and poetic masterpiece of unique vision.
One of the most important directors in both Russian and world cinema, Alexander Sokurov is considered by many to be the spiritual heir of the great Andrei Tarkovsky. Sokurov — who has enjoyed a long creative relationship with Tarkovsky — has discounted such comparisons, but certain similarities between their works remain indelible: a predilection towards very long takes, natural performances by their actors, and an almost otherworldly use of natural sounds and music. And, perhaps most important, both directors are concerned with the essential questions of human existence and the state of the human spirit.
Sokurov was the son of a World War II veteran. His family moved around a good deal while Sokurov was growing up, and after finishing high school, he went to Gorki, Russia’s third largest city. There, he attended Gorki University and began to work as an assistant television director when he was 19. He continued to direct television programs for the Gorki station until 1975, and… read more
Nice visuals and unique rhythm but sadly, it didn't really give me each to mull over. Feels like a glorified cheap poem mourning the lost of a mother. Damn sam!