The people who made this incredible film, one of the greatest films ever, all died as a result; that is, the ones who were in the radioactive zone: Tarkovsky, the 3 male actors who entered the "zone", the photographer, and assistant director. They all died a slow death from cancer within 17 years of making this film. You owe it to yourself to see the masterpiece that these people all gave their lives for.
The most important film of my life. Moments when l saw it for the first time l can't compare to anything. I laughed, l cried, l was in some very special euphoria. l wish l can have words for this film. l wish l can have words for Tarkovsky and everything he means to me - but l don't. And l don't think l'll ever have. l only have endless love for his films and it's all l can give.
"Let them believe in themselves, let them be helpless like children, because weekness is a great thing, and strengh is nothing. When a man is just born, he is week and flexible, when he dies he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it's tender and pliant, but when it's dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strengh are death's companions. Pliancy and weekness are expressions of the freshness of being"
Probably and apart "Andrei Rublev", this remains the most fascinating densely Tarkovsky film, despite the tangential with "Solaris", another magnificent film. In fact, the universe of science fiction is, with this filmmaker, an appeal of an existential and metaphysical combination (in a pictorial-physical form) of the usual dissonance between science and belief, being that an immanence of this one, both substance.