Father and Son In 1996, the Russian director Alexander Sokurov made Mother and Son , a painterly, nearly wordless swoon of a movie in which a man ushered… Father and Son In 1996, the Russian director Alexander Sokurov made Mother and Son , a painterly, nearly wordless swoon of a movie in which a man ushered… 2004-06-18 Unrated PT84M Drama Aleksey Neymyshev Andrey Schetinin Wellspring
Movie Review

Father and Son (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Andrey Schetinin, Aleksay Naymyshev | GOOD TIMES Glacial Russian drama about mourning
GOOD TIMES Glacial Russian drama about mourning
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Jun 18, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 84 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Aleksey Neymyshev and Andrey Schetinin; Distributor: Wellspring

In 1996, the Russian director Alexander Sokurov made Mother and Son, a painterly, nearly wordless swoon of a movie in which a man ushered his mother into death. It had a trancelike tedium that was just austere enough to win the praise of Susan Sontag, yet its images have never left me. ''Father and Son,'' Sokurov's new companion piece, has the tedium without the trance. The father (Andrey Schetinin), a former soldier, is still in mourning over his wife's death. His son (Aleksey Neymyshev) craves something...but what? ''A father's love crucifies,'' observes the younger man, but there is scarcely the energy in the film to mount a crucifixion, emotional or otherwise.

Originally posted Jun 16, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints