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For those first introduced to Sokurov by viewing his extraordinary RUSSIAN ARK, a film of such importance historically as well as culturally and artistically that it stands alone: the conception and pre-camera preparation of covering 300 years of Russian history as played out in the Hermitage Museum buildings allowed this master to turn on the camera and record non-stop for the hour and a half of the complete story. The result is breathtakingly beautiful and enormously educational and enlightening - all that one can ask from a work of art.
In FATHER AND SON Sokurov has distilled all of his energy into a quiet, rhapsodic, sensually elegant examination of the relationship between a father and son. There is not much story: there is much being said. A father (the handsome and sensual Andrei Shchetinin) lives with his son Aleksei (Aleksei Nejmyshev - as handsome and virile and tender as Shchetinin) in a rooftop flat in St. Petersberg. The father has had a military career and the son is now at age 19 in military school studying medicine along with his training. The mother is dead and the father and son are closely bonded by her absence and by an amazing love for each other.
Aleksei has had a girlfriend (the incandescently beautiful Marina Zasukhina) but seeing that she is competing unsuccessfully for Aleksei's love for his father, she informs him she has found another love.Read more ›
Again, unlike most American cinema, Father and Son is haunted by some images of homoeroticism that Sokurov (initially at least) denied - but the moments, as beautiful and lyrical as they appear, may give one pause for concern - if not for the homoeroticism, then for the fact that this is father and son and the physicality (especially of the opening scene) at times borders on sexual. Repeated viewings however, will fix that for after a while it became evident to me that there was nothing unnatural about this relationship - and that most of us don't have that kind of physicality in our lives: most family pets receive more physical affection than actual family members.
Father and Son is a movie that will haunt long after its final frames and provoke thoughts about family and relationships as few films do.
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This is a touching, homoerotic and yet oddly unsatisfying film that's abated only by the solid performances of it's handsome main characters.Published 18 months ago by Aaron DeWinter Williams
This was the best Russian film I have had the PRIVILEGE to watch! I would recommend it to anyone and everyonePublished on September 16, 2013 by Andrea Dejarnett
I am not surprised to find such a vigorous denial of homoeroticism in those reviews that classify this movie as outstanding. Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by Alfredo R. Villanueva
While Father and Son teetered at times in crashing down in a homoerotic heap, the underlying poetic vision and cinematic quality was sublime, and I found myself connecting in ways... Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by Eric M. Eiserloh
A thought provoking movie that truly touches the heart in ways unfamiliar to most people. Filled with a deep love between father and son but also the nagging devastation over the... Read morePublished on March 25, 2007 by Gary Murphy
I watched this Russian father-son film in conjunction with the dark, Russian film of a similar theme entitled The Return. Read morePublished on January 24, 2007 by Daniel B. Clendenin
I watched this movie out of curiosity for the new Russian cinema. I have also read some very ecstatic reviews regarding Sokurov's achievements in movie making. Read morePublished on September 5, 2006 by New Yorker
This film, like Sokurov's Russian Ark, is visually beautiful. Almost every frame is suffused with a gentle golden light; the buildings are stone but somehow soft and intimate, the... Read morePublished on November 12, 2005 by James W. Picht
Director Aleksandr Sorukov's Father and Son deals with the thorny subject of intimacy between generations on the paternal side, with the boundaries between what is acceptable and... Read morePublished on October 1, 2005 by A Reader