THE SACRIFICE, a great Tarkovsky film, one of it's major themes is Nietzsche's answer to nihilism: the Eternal Return. I don't know why more people don't make this connection. Maybe because Tarkovsky is considered a religious artist and that seems to contradict Nietzsche. This film is 2 1/2 hrs long but it's plot is comparetively more linear than THE MIRROR. You don't want to forget this film.
This is where the movie becomes a high art. Tarkovsky gives us: method, chaos, and the method again. Plays with rationality, faith, and interference by the music on a meta-level, which indicates which part of the film we see (Bach at the beginning and at the end), just perfect and sublime. The story, dialogues and images simply move into the viewer. Awesome use of color, long, realistic shots ... succeed, at least for a time, to change the viewer.
Simply stunning. The greatest Bergman film Bergman never made. The last two scenes are so completely beautiful and awe-inspiring in entirely different ways. I was totally blown away.
Fits with Nostalghia as indulgent melding of Tarkovsky’s late philosophy with his seasoned, painterly aesthetic; Offret as elegy, not just for a filmmaker but for humanity, of man’s attempt to rationalise, proselytize itself of its innate and extrinsic chaos, leaving Josephson’s agnostic wearied, with the sacrifice he contends for mankind’s salvation. The Bergmanesque familial structure and its rapport, with its unwavering visual sense, invites in all the more a spiritual and artistic cumulation, in stunning swansong.
"All my life I've been going around waiting for something. All my life, in fact, I've felt as if... as if I were waiting in a railway station.And I've always felt as if... as if the living I've done so far hasn't actually been real life, but a long wait for it... a long wait for something real, something important."
I felt like Tarkovsky pulled a Joyce with The Sacrifice by fooling the critics once again. There were funny and ridiculous moments that I was like "are you serious? lol" . I feel so bad because I actually laughed in many parts and I didn't find it depressing at all. Just a family dealing with fear and going insane. It was beautiful and I loved it.
Una de esas películas que duelen hasta el alma. No por nada se ha convertido en mi película favorita.
The Sacrifice, like all of Tarkovsky’s films I’ve seen until now, drops us off with characters in the middle of a series of events without much background, and only reveals information little by little, allowing us to discover that world on our own. The Sacrifice begins with a long take that keeps going and going for close to ten minutes... read more --> http://mubi.com/films/the-sacrifice/reviews/26795
For me, this is the least interesting Tarkovsky film I've seen. Up until the end, it's just too talky and lacks his poetic eye. Up until the end. The burning house set piece is tremendous and almost justifies the two hours that come before it.
A new book 'Andrei Tarkovsky: A Photographic Chronicle of the Making of The Sacrifice' has been published to mark Andrei Tarkovsky's 80th Birthday Anniversary. The book contains more than 250 photographs taken over the course of the shooting period. Photographs and text by Tarkovsky's interpreter Layla Alexander-Garrett. For more info: www.cygnnet.co.uk
This film saddens me to the deepest core of my spirit with a divine beauty, especially how it relates to his real life.
Why do I like Tarkovsky films? I don’t claim to understand the philosophy of the master. Each Tarkovsky film is like a portal to a world which you can travel into, as long as you keep you eyes on the screen. In ‘The Sacrifice,’ the set is sparse, a spacious house in a barren island, and a tree without a single leaf. But, how Tarkovsky presents these images, we are, so to speak, out there with Michael. Devastating.
Bergmanesque, check. Clunky dialogue, check. Problematic narrative, check. Self-explantory defense of long take, check.
The movie can also be seen as an outlet for all the things Tarkovsky might have wanted to say with more time on his hands, without the threat of cancer looming behind his back. The Sacrifice is ultimately a scream of despair and a sigh of hope, both being equally strong and just as meaningful. The final work of an artist who embraced his own philosophy and never turned his back on it.
Agony, torment, torture; pain, distress, whatever you call it, this is what THE SACRIFICE is all about. Say what you will, but a method, a system, has its virtues. This film belongs to us, a gift from Andrei Tarkovsky. And why shouldn't it be? Of course it's a sacrifice. Every gift involves a sacrifice.
Andrei Tarkovsky directed this final masterpiece as he was dying of cancer, and THE SACRIFICE is a film that only a man nearing the end of his life can direct. It's a powerful and haunting tale of a family facing nuclear holocaust, causing their patriarch to enter into a sacrificial bargain with God. Strikingly beautiful and deeply felt, THE SACRIFICE is a profound and evocative farewell from a cinematic master.
Ignoring his excellent cinematography I found it hard to be engaged in this maelstrom of human emotions. Offret is a film where film buffs will pull out clichés like "sublime", "profound" and "true" and point of how they connected emotionally with the characters. How they do, is beyond me. A work of art but nowhere near as impressive as Stalker or Zerkalo when it comes the visuals and the mood of the film.
I tried but I couldn't get this film. The topic was interesting but I didnt like the way it was developed. The cinematography was average. Sometimes I enjoyed it but most of the time I wanted it to end. This kind of films make me feel uncomfortable, it seems everybody finds it a masterpiece and I just cant.