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Mother and Son (1997)

Mat i syn (original title)
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A man goes for a walk through the countryside with his dying mother.

Director:

Aleksandr Sokurov

Writer:

Yuriy Arabov
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aleksei Ananishnov ... Son
Gudrun Geyer ... Mother
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Storyline

A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside and cottage. Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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Drama

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On the "Opie & Anthony" radio show, comedian Louis C.K. talked about seeing this film at the famous Castro Theater in San Francisco. Incorrectly remembering the title as "Father and Mother", he described it as a Russian film in which nothing happens for long periods of time. He also said that it was worth giving the benefit of the doubt because it was interesting and he'd never seen anything like it. See more »

Quotes

Son: It seems like people live just like that. But they die for some specific reason.
Mother: What reason do I have?
Son: None. You have no reason. There is no reason. Be alive and enjoy yourself.
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Connections

Followed by Father and Son (2003) See more »

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Splendid love poem.
3 July 2005 | by onlybcSee all my reviews

The prior commentator went a little overboard. The film is surely not the greatest of all time. It is, perhaps, the greatest LOVE FILM of all time. The beauty of the landscape (note that this is Russia in deep summer -- deep winter would have produced a much different effect - but then the mother is dying, and the contrast between her physical state and the lushness of the fields and forests is necessary to keep one from being overwhelmed by sorrow ) is itself commentary on the beauty between these two. No pretty girl, no surging music, no reasons even for the love. It is just there. Titanic. Not tied to sex or gratitude. JUST EMOTION. The dialog is spare. There is no third person. Though everything moves very sluggishly, this fits perfectly. This is not a movie. It is a poem. Extremely fine too as an essay on what the core of love looks like.


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Country:

Russia | Germany

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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