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Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 8

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  1. MoT
    Mar 13, 2014
    The film Father & Son was clearly homoerotic as I undertstand it. Mr. Sokurov reportedly has bristled at the term being used about his movie, but I believe from what I've read, that it's because he regards homoeroticism as something low and non-spiritual. From what I have seen by artists whose works also have been so classified, it is related to an art form which is trying to depict the beauty of love shared often in a physical and sensual way by members of the same gender without (necessarily) being sexual. No, I don't believe Mr. Sokurov wanted to imply any incest or paederasty going on, but given our modern era, the taboos (some stemming from homophobia) regarding physical or emotional expression of intimacy, especially between males, and the legitimate concerns Western society has today about paedophilia and child abuse, I am surprised that HE is surprised about the associations. Sadly, such intimacy is disquieting to many for these reasons. Look even at how other characters stare curiously at the father and son. Are they wondering: what's going on between Aleksei and his dad? But that aside, art is able to capture the moments in life real or imagined, as shared by close friends of the same gender, father and son, brothers, cousins, and the like, where deeply heartfelt love is shown in a tactile way, expressed physically between them: boys and men play-fighting with each other, letting off steam by roughhousing and other horseplay that men and boys do, and so on. When an artist depicts these events, they are very sensual and homoerotic, but they are also very spiritual. In any event, regardless of how one wants to classify it, Father and Son is a lovely and thought provoking film-- mythic in its dreamy beauty and profundity, even as it leaves a number of mysteries about the main characters' lives unanswered. However, one really needn't "label" it as anything to enjoy its warmth. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Irritatingly devoid of irony, the film has an unintentional but unmistakable homoerotic subtext.
  2. 70
    Borders on the risible but, because Sokurov is Sokurov, this exalted, wacky scenario--which uses Lisbon as an imaginary Russian seaport--is amazingly staged, inventively edited, and rich in audio layering, with camera placements that sometimes verge on the Brakhagian.
  3. 80
    Less a story than a situation, the film contends with a difficult transitional period in the lives of its title characters, who face the growing necessity of getting some distance from each other.