My Father My Lord
Time Out says
You could say this film is at once a secular fable on a religious dilemma and an almost religious parable about an all-too-human tragedy. Adapting the tale of Abraham and Isaac, Volach presents a calm, elegiacally scored and observant portrait of a fraught relationship between a father and son. Volach perhaps allows his sympathetic celebration of the boy’s sense of wonder and connection with the natural world to be outweighed by his more biting view of the morally complex, self-denying habits and moral burdens of the father. But, as a portrayal of righteous patriarchy, it shares both the clarity of Bergman in his depictions of his Calvinist father and the searing sense of separation with which the Tavianis imbued their ‘Padre Padrone’.