The Russian film, Father and Son, is my latest contribution to Caroline’s World Cinema Series. The goal of the series is to watch a film from each country around the world.
Aleksandr Sokurov directed Father and Son and Sergei Potepalov wrote it. I saw this movie a couple of months ago at the British Film Institute. The father and son live in a rooftop apartment in an unnamed city along the seaside. They have been living together for years, are extremely close and have a set routine. At times, the relationship feels like they are lovers. On many occasions they have their shirts off around each other. The son, Alexei, is attending military school, following in his father’s footsteps. His girlfriend is resentful of Alexei’s relationship with his father. Alexei knows that it is completely natural for a son to leave the home, but he is torn. He loves his father and yet he wants to be his own man by leaving his father’s home.
I’ll be honest, while watching this film I was a bit confused about what it was really about. I like foreign films and I like art films, however this one fell flat for me. Not much happens in this film. It is only 1 hour and 23 minutes, but I’ve seen shorter films that tell more of a story. Afterwards though, I did enjoy discussing this film and trying to dissect it and to figure out what it was really about. If any of you have seen it and have any insight please let me know. I wonder if this is the type of film that should be seen a couple of times to understand it.
I really enjoyed my experience at the British Film Institute. It was during the holidays and the mood was festive. You can have a drink before and/or after the show. I was happy to see so many people enjoying themselves and having fun going to the movies. I’m hoping to see many more films there!