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.
Archie Moore <[email protected]>
User Reviews: This film is about the relationship between a sick mother and her son. (surprise.) Surely, this isn’t for the average viewer: narrative is slow, events nonexistent; the film consists mostly of painting-like "still-lives" with very little dialogue. The mother and son walk along the beautiful sceneries (the film is done on the island of Rügen, by the coast of Germany), approach each other, take contact by embracing and hugging.
Nick Cave, the rock singer, said somewhere that this film is the most beautiful he has ever seen. I agree that it is maybe Sokurov’s best: the twisted images of the landscapes, great camera work and almost meditative feeling are something I love to see in the cinema – if nothing else, just as an attempt this is a great film, instead of all the run-of-the-mill "narratives" we come across.