Mother and Son: The Bond that Binds

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Mother and Son {Mat i Syn} made in 1997 is an extremely slow-paced but touching Russian movie by Aleksandr Sokurov. It’s a story of an elderly sickly woman’s last day and how her adult son takes care of her in an isolated rural area. The movements on the screen are conspicuous by their near-absence. While watching I often felt that there was nothing happening and I’d take note of some easy-to-miss detail like the man moving his head, or the grass moving. 

The movie showcases in the beginning itself how the mother and son have such a deep bond that they have similar dreams. From the conversation and body language, it is obvious that the woman’s health is in a deep state of crisis. Her son carries her around the and tends to her in a way that reminded me of a parent taking care of a child. It appeared like a statement that old age is a second childhood and that elders need caring too.

The flick is interesting in the sense that it showcases the beauty of the countryside where the mother and son are. It’s almost like watching a landscape painting at times{refer to the still  of the movie above}, except that the painting will sometimes move…very slowly. The visual effect of the movie have obviously been achieved with usage of great techniques.

Perhaps nature is the perfect background for the subject of dying because nature involves the passing away of time and season, and new beginnings without the presense of the old. I’ll admit that I found the last 20 minutes more easy to watch because the story started to conclude, and the son finally gives in to tears.

Rating: No rating as such. But yeah, I’d give the  the cinematography, acting and scenery  a 8/10 though I wouldn’t recommend the film to be watched for fun. Of course, if you’re like me, you might want to catch such movies simply to give yourself a break from mainstream cinema.

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