I saw this film at the theater about a month ago and I am very happy to see it being released so soon, though I suspected as much since there were only about 10 people to see this film on its opening Saturday. This is a wonderful, beautiful film. It is highly stylized, even pretentious, but still wonderful. I have been following Sokurov for some time. I find his earliest films to be almost unbearable. Perhaps it was a need on his part to follow his mentor, Tarkovsky. Finally, with Mother and Son and Russian Ark he has developed a style of his own, much more willing to distort the film image than Tarkovsky was. His films are slow and meditative, like Tarkovsky or Bresson, without much speaking. I don't won't to talk of the plot of this film, esp as it has very little, much like Mother and Son. Instead, it is the visual experience that is remarkable, beautiful and the interesting way he has of showing the interiors of his characters' feelings without much use of words. Mother and Son was about loss and alienation, so is Father and Son, but because of different reasons. You have to see the films to find out. However, from what I know of Sukurov, loss and alienation seem to be his favorite themes, and the reasons I like him so much. I realize these films are not going to be to everyone's liking, perhaps esp Father and Son because of its extreme slow pace and sometimes pretentious confusing story line. The film has a very homoerotic feel, but one tempered by a growing distance between the father and his son. And like his previous films that I have seen, the ending leaves a strong impression. Sokurov has become a master at high impact finales. Overall, a great, thoughtful, unique film. Buy it or rent it and see why.