MOTHER AND SON (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1997)

In the middle of life, guided by his inspiration, Aleksandr Sokurov has pilgrimaged to a masterpiece, a transparent, massively moving work that, for me, is the most transcendent film of the 1990s. And more: the most humane film in more than thirty years—to be exact, since Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud (1964), whose quietude and nobility […]

DEKALOG (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988)

Written by lawyer Krzysztof Piesiewicz and the director, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ten-hour Dekalog consists of ten episodes, each of which reflects on one of the Ten Commandments. The action involves residents in a Warsaw apartment complex; another point of unity is a sad, silent observer who, appearing in most episodes, suggests a surrogate for Kieślowski or […]