A poetic journey and exploration of memory, of fate, in which the male character is trying to catch a glimpse of the lost childhood, happiness and feelings. His mother seems to be a paradoxal figure for him, throught the film, causing wonder and sadness. It was a surreal viewing experience and I think Tarkovsky's world is profoundly magical.
This film is hard to even put into words, as it's such a direct, intense and overwhelming vision- like watching Andrei's consciousness and reflections from his own head on the big screen. I adore the way the Mother, Wife and Grandmother characters all blend into one, and the depth, beauty, pain and complexities of the women in this film. The wind in the field will haunt me forever too. Watch on a big screen !
A masterwork of interweaving narratives and seamless transitions. From dreams, memories and fantasies as a base, we glide like a floating spirit nestled in confusion, seeking to find higher meaning. The boldness and brilliance of Tarkovsky's film cannot be understated, nor can it be simply summarised. Rather, the film demands and rewards repeated viewing, and like a fine painting, reveals its many layers over time.
Tarkovsky's movies have an undeniably beautiful cinematography that combined with rich sound design can create iconic and almost hypnotic scenes. Also the powerful poetry of Arseny Tarkovsky hold my interest during most of the film. But none of this prevented me from falling asleep and feeling no need to revisit it soon.
Un film foarte personal, atât pentru creatorul lui, cât și pentru fiecare privitor (în nici un caz nu spectator) în parte. Dacă sincer, eu n-am văzut lumină atât de faină în nici un film. Plus, o istorie a artelor turnată pe peliculă, de la iconografia bizantină la renascentiști, de la impresionismul francez la arta modernă din prima jumătate a secolului XX. Ăsta-i un film care va dăinui, precum Da Vinci.
Saw it as part of the carte blanche of Michael Haneke's favorite films. I like Tarkovsky, but this one felt flat and to simple. Of course, I admire the way he tells the story, but in the end it narrows down to a very simplistic portray of a mother who doesnt like his son, because she wanted a girl. It feels not complex at all and for that reason cannot be a masterpiece for me.
One of the greats, first time watched in a cinema for me and what a difference it makes! It's no co-incidence people often say "words fail me" about "Mirror". I feel it's about a state of salvation through nature, beyond human struggle. Those private moments, like the boy watching himself in the mirror, seldom seen on film. Some scenes still puzzles me though, like the Mao scenes. So I will watch it again.