Utterly impenetrable and dense, like a forest but without the magic. Essentially a boring and confusing film with little in the way of plot or characters. The Soviet film committee initially rejected it - but unfortunately changed their minds. For some reason I made it to the end though, hence the two stars...
"A strange train of fragments of early memory images shattered and broken can bring about the poetry in our infancy. Once you are convinced of its truthfulness, you may find Mirror the easiest film to understand. But Tarkovsky remains silent, without saying things like that at all. His very attitude makes me believe that he has wonderful potentials in his future." -Akira Kurosawa
This art form makes use of the inner domain of a particular self to address to the collective memory of the russian culture. One of the best artistic products ever made because it reaches the absolute purpose of Art. "зеркало" is neither a cinematographic legacy nor a representation of a specific historical time, it is an eternal testimony to all mankind.
Tarkovsky põe-se diante do espelho e embarca numa viagem psicanalítica que tem como destino a identificação- de si próprio e da Pátria que o estranha. Como qualquer exercício de associação livre, é um monólogo fundamentalmente irresoluto, que, todavia, reserva momentos de incontestável beleza para aqueles dispostos a ouvi-lo.
Some movies surround audiance, easily pull them into the movie. However this is not that kind of movie. Zerkalo pushes the audiance. Doesn't let people get into the movie. But once you get who's who the movie looks like a poet. Maybe the most introverted movie i have ever watched.