(aka "Otets i syn" )

 

directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
Russia 2003

 

Sokurov seeks to transport us into the gentle, lyrical world of the titular father and son, where most communication is made through gestures and glances, and the strength of the understanding and love shared between the lead characters is intuitively, palpably, oppressively understood. The tools Sokurov uses to take us there are similar to those used in the companion film, Mother and Son: stylized photography, with distorted, two-dimensional imagery, earth tones, Tchaikovsky-inspired music, understated acting. Though thematically and stylistically akin to Mother and Son, Father and Son fails to evoke the same profound emotions, try as hard as it may. The whole affair feels too empty, the numerous shots of a head resting silently, lovingly on a shoulder feel too affected. There's a whole lot syle here, but it's inadequate, for it's in service of something that doesn't amount to much.

Donald Brown

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Theatrical Release: May 23, 2003 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Wellspring - Region 0 - NTSC

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Wellspring

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:22:24
Video

1.77:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Wellspring

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
• Photo Gallery
• Trailers
• Weblinks

DVD Release Date: Oct. 26, 2004
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Chapters 16

Comments The warm, muted colors and slightly soft, dreamy imagery of the film are pretty well represented on this video-sourced disc. It's often dark and murky, but that's presumably an effect Sokurov was going for. The handful of still photos included as an extra are quite lovely, with imagery that's even nicer than what's seen in the film.

 - Donald Brown

 





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