The use of visuals certainly is in the tradition of Tarkovsky, but Zvyaginstev has a very strong voice of his own.
The film is strong, powerful, visceral and ever so affecting. The story is one of discovery, and while the cinematography might set the scene for metaphysical contemplation, the film explores human emotions, fears, reactions in a decidedly Oedipal tale.
The acting is superb all around and the direction is damn near flawless. The stills at the end of the film were a particularly nice touch, I felt.