A veil upon which reality is traced, augmented, and distorted just such that the uncanny is revealed, penetrating pyschological depth. Sokurov’s iridescent cinematography as usual brings life to nature, rendering striking three dimensionality while conveying the mystic phenomenon of object breathing. Colour coursing and vignetting paired with natural phenomena: the mother and sons breath, the wind, the sunlight. A haunting portrayal of tenderness and grief, only slighted by its own intensity and psycho-sexual discomfort.
95/100 – Amazing.