The way Sokurov uses painting to observe like other directors use music a flat ethereal voice in the background of Sokurov's beautiful observations ; son carries his mother like a sick child, the distance of the other side, the spirit of their connection moving further and further away from the world until he lets her go.
A short cinematic poem about a man and his dying mother, told with long static shots, XVI Century-like anamorphic pictures, low lights, vivid soundscapes and a few lines of dialogue. Given its laboured beauty, poetic depth and purity of style, it clearly belongs to the tradition of 'Sunrise', the late Tarkovsky and T. Malick. One of the most beautiful, unforgettable and unusual films to ever come out from the 1990s.
Sokurov sufre de la misma enfermedad que Hollywood, la tendencia a obviar y multiplicar. "Madre e Hijo" es el mismo rollo, que los generos Hollywoodenses. Las dos se basan firmemente en el espectáculo y la exageración (cada una a su manera)... la exagerada languidez, depresión, "pacing" y "timing". No solo por tratarse de cine de "arte" están exentos.
Narrada enmedio de entornos visuales fascinantes, esta resulta ser, tal vez, la obra mas melancolica del director ruso. Obviamente no es apta para todos los gustos (pendejitos quienes gusten de los finales felices, abstenganse)pero que resulta indispensable para todos los admiradores del cine de Sokurov. Un film capaz de conmover hasta a las piedras.
[REVIEW] 95/100 - MOTHER AND SON (Sokurov, 1997)
'A veil upon which reality is traced, augmented, and distorted just such that the uncanny is revealed...Sokurov's iridescent cinematography as usual brings life to nature, rendering...'
These days, with a simple Google search, anyone can find some of the most beautiful images imaginable. As such, why should care about this snore fest that people seem to only be able to defend through it's so called beautiful imagery. For the sake of time, I should note that everything I hated here was only intensified with FATHER AND SON. Homoerotic or not, it shows just how little Sokurov knows about real people