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