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.
It's an extraordinarily beautiful film and let's be clear, there is no hidden meaning behind it. Unlike Rublev, Solaris & Stalker, Tarkovsky isn't making some sort of philosophical statement in this film, he has simply created a poem reflecting on his childhood and his struggles with spirituality. This is the sort of film that exemplifies self-expression at its absolute purest, cinema as a collective world memory.
Fire and Rain. Potatoes and Milk. Mother. The Mirror is a look deep inside the soul of Tarkovsky - which is rich and beautiful. Forget plot and meaning - experience it minute by minute then take a long walk to digest what just happened. I've never seen a camera move this way. I'll watch this film for the rest of my life.
Although one can accede (even appreciate) the cinematographic poetry of Tarkovksy’s composite diary entries, it is onerous to locate any depth behind the aesthetic once the smoke and “mirror”s dissipate and its concepts of memory becomes ephemeral. Granted, a dying epitaph cannot really be harrowed through cispersonal obfuscations of tediously meandering self-indulgence.
It is hardly a study of ones reconciliation, nor it examines anything of it's main characters. However, memories are fantastically organized in a series of sporadically remembered pictures and moments, slowly accelerating and then exhaling in a moment of death. Shown in a staggering arsenal of filming techniques and expressions, with an original use of narrator and old film reels.