MOTHER AND SON is a love story about the deep affection that exists between
a Mother and her Son, which Sokurov portrays as the greatest love
in the world: primal, life-giving and pure. The Mother and Son are
seen within and against a landscape of melancholy beauty, which
Sokurov uses like a German Romantic painter. When the Mother dies,
the Son is left entirely alone in a world which offers little comfort.
From the director of RUSSIAN ARK.
"Sokurov is what cinema can be at its
greatest. His films have a visual power and moral depth that create
an unforgettable emotional experience. I hope this great filmmaker
finds the audience in America that his work deserves."
- Susan Sontag
"Lyrical, intense, mesmerizing. Sokurov
brings the eye of a masterly painter and the sensitivity of a poet
to the deepest and most complex of human relationships."
- Lawrence Van Gelder, NY TIMES
"**** A masterpiece of elegiac romanticism.
Its subject is so elemental, so primal and rudimentary, it's part
of our genetic code." - James Verniere, BOSTON HERALD
"**** Mother and Son is one of the great
films of the decade. A dreamlike, rapturously beautiful gem about
the spiritual love between a young man and his dying mother."
- Edward Guthmann, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"**** A film poem of tightly controlled
but lacerating anguish, a spare terrifying rumination on a subject
that strikes some of the deepest, saddest chords in Russian art.
Pulls us straight down to the heart of all sorrow."
- Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"**** Sokurov may move his audience
to tears with the utter and insoluble link he forms between pure
cinema and pure human hope in divinity. Sokurov operates on a level
other filmmakers only worry about." - John Anderson,
NEW YORK NEWSDAY
"**** One of those rare works that extends
the art of film, suggesting for all its melancholy that movies do
have a future." - Dave Kehr, DAILY NEWS
"Sokurov outdoes all previous efforts
with this astonishing chamber piece. A movie of incredible stillness,
Mother and Son evokes overwhelming solitude amid creation. Watching
it is like watching the last sunset." - J. Hoberman,
Andrei Tarkovsky Award Russian Film Critics Award Special Jury Prize
Moscow International Film Festival 1997
Selection New York Film Festival 1997