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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. (imdb)

Genre: Drama

AKA: Mat i syn

Country: Germany, Russia

Directed By: Aleksandr Sokurov

Written By: Yuriy Arabov

Starring: Aleksei Ananishnov, Gudrun Geyer

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Sokurov believes that the role of art is to prepare you for death, and M+S is just that: an elegant and moving meditation on the inevitable dissolution of life's essential bond. It is often criticised for its lack of content, but it's not about 'ideas' per se. It's an aesthetic creation that is sensual and moody. It's best appreciated as a dreamy tone poem that is hushed and intimate and rendered with complete senstivity by a master image maker in full control of the audio-visual medium.
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40 97%
"A film to die to." - Keith Uhlich
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95 93%
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88 97%
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