This is my favourite film. I have no words to describe it. I only write this review in order to correct a mistake in the cast pictures: the girl in the picture of Tarkovsky's wife "Larisa Tarkovskaya" is Margarita Terekhova. In this film, her wife played the role of Nadezhda. And no, they were not twin sisters.
Re watched recently at the Close Up Cinema. Came out feeling like I was on amazing drugs, or another planet, or like I'd reached the most advanced state of meditation. Blown away by this film every time. It is truly a masterpiece of cinema. Most other film works fail to come close to what this kind of cinema can do. The five star rating system doesn't really count with masterpieces like this.
"The Mirror" is a surreal study of memory rooted in Tarkovsky's envisionment of his own death. It has a dreamlike non-linear quality that is distinct from any other film out there, accompanied beautifully by what is probably the most astounding cinematography I've ever seen. Words cannot fully describe this almost transcendental experience.
"The Mirror" é um excelente exercício de memória. Tarkovsky abdica da linearidade na sua narrativa diluindo a barreira entre o imaginário onírico e as suas próprias lembranças. Explica-nos que a recordação é isso mesmo, aquilo que lembramos e não necessariamente o que foi. A viagem não se prende no real e eleva-se enquanto fluxo do (sub)consciente que encontra a sua concretização máxima nos versos do narrador.