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Russia, 1999 (MIFF 2001, International Panorama)

Director: Alexander Sokurov

Real life characters make up the cast of Dolce. They include celebrated Japanese author Toshio Shimao, who died in 1986, his widow and their daughter. The film serves as a framework to underline deep insights into the family's history. The main narrative line is comprised of the lyrical monologues of the heroine. Miho Shimao (the writer's wife), who lives with her handicapped daughter, avoiding strangers, on a solitary island in the middle of the ocean. The discovery of her personality through the drama of self-analysis and the catharsis of spiritual denudation, proves the most important event in this woman's life, a life where actions mean less than emotions. With impressionist strokes, director Alexander Sokurov reveals the contours of memory, the contrasts of feelings and the nuances of the psyche.

"Emotions are awakened within us of a sort that cinema hasn't dealt with for a long time... (Sokurov's) unique pulse has reverberated through me ever since."—Nick Cave

"An intimate meditation on mother-daughter ties...minimalist scenes have such emotional intensity that one feels the director has lived through something similar.''—Variety

See also...

Diary of st petersburg - mozart.requiem

Russia, 2004
Filmed in a single take, Alexander Sokurov's remarkable [Russian Ark] captured the imaginations of film-goers everywhere. This narrator of Russian culture and spirit takes us back to St Petersburg in… More »

The Sun

Russia, Italy, Switzerland, France, 2004
“Wonderfully eccentric and fascinating.” - The New York Times ... Celebrated Russian master, Aleksandr Sokurov, continues his portraits of fading totalitarian leaders with this epic work, the thi… More »


Russia/France, 2006
“Alexandra presents war for what it is: brutal, crushing, and ugly.” - Variety Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (The Sun at MIFF 06, Russian Ark) casts an austere gaze over war-torn Chechnya with this… More »


Russia, Germany, 1997
It is the aura of delicate ambiguity that defines Mother and Son as a contemporary cinematic masterpiece. A fragile mother is dying, although if is uncertain whether she is physically ill or just res… More »


Russia, Germany, 1993
"The shape of a dark world - in both senses of the word - comes into view in slow pans which are only interrupted by cuts to a new location. We see the facades of dockland buildings, the catacomb-lik… More »

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