Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Larisa Sadilova: Sonny - Сынок (2009)

Sonny, Russia, 2009
Color, 96 minutes
Director: Larisa Sadilova
Script: Larisa Sadilova
Cinematography: Dmitri Mishin
Cast: Viktor Sukhorukov, Oleg Frolenkov, Oleg Bokhan, Evgeniia Simonova, Kseniia Surkova, Iurii Kiselev, Aleksandr Isaev
Producer: Rustem Akhadov
Production Company: Arsi Film Production

Sonny played at the 2009 Kinotavr film festival, garnered the editors’ choice award as well as best actor award for Sukhorukov at the 2009 Moscow Premiere film festival, and the prize for best scenario at the 2009 “Golden Phoenix” festival in Smolensk.

Reviewed by Jasmijn Van Gorp © 2010 in KinoKultura
In 2003 we witnessed a series of highly acclaimed Russian films exploring father-son relationships. The sons in Zviagintsev’s The Return (Vozvrashchenie) are desparately looking for any affection from their father, to no avail. In Khlebnikov and Popogrebskii’s Koktebel, father and son leave town for the provinces, trying to build a new life after the mother ’s death. On the road, they get to know each other better. In the third film, Sokurov’s Father and Son (Otets i syn), an absent mother leads to overly affective, quasi-homo erotic behavior on the part of the father towards his adolescent son. While Sadilova’s new film Sonny also tackles a dysfunctional father-son relationship, it ultimately takes a different stance. While the 2003 films are about the struggle with an authoritative father, Sonny deals primarily with an absent mother. ...

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