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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 Gudrun Geyer ... Mother
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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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Country:

Russia | Germany

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

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The most exquisitely beautiful film that I have ever seen.
16 March 2002 | by murielhSee all my reviews

There is very little in the movies today that is anything like Mother and Son. Certainly the slow movement, which mirrors life itself, is far away from any editing that we normally see. But what is there to prepare one for the absolute exquisite beauty, scene after scene. Because of the slowness, because of the beauty, because of the subject, it is painfully exquisite. One feels, at once, the heavy pain and suffering of this life and its beautifulness. The two seem to coexist like oil and water, pulling one in two directions at once. Of plot, in the normal sense, there is little or none. Everything is about the hiddeness and mystery of all things, all relationships, the blowing of the grass in the wind, a young man carrying his mother, Death. What more is there to say?


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