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From the Director of Russian Ark and Mother and Son, Alexander Sokurov, comes Father and Son. Following in the footsteps of his beloved father, Alexei attends military school. There, he begins dating a young woman, who becomes increasingly jealous of the intense relationship between the father and son.
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There's nothing ordinary or everyday in the movie world of Alexander Sokurov, as fans of the Russian director's Mother and Son and Russian Ark are well aware. This film bears no literal relation to Mother and Son, but the sense of depth is similar. Father and Son appears to be about the separation of the fiercely devoted title characters, who look more like brothers. The son is newly in the military, which changes the dynamic in the apartment they share in St. Petersburg (the top-floor flat frequently leads them to the precarious-looking roof). Not a great deal happens, but anything on screen (however obscure) is always imbued with a force that suggests a life lived with more intensity than usual. Sokurov uses a burnished, sepia tone that makes the movie look as though it's already passed into memory. This film has nothing to do with storytelling, and everything to do with poetry. --Robert Horton
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