Tarkovsky will forever be my favorite filmmaker. His films are often long, tense, difficult journey's that feel like they NEVER end but every time I finish one of his seven films, (they're all masterpieces), I feel like a whole new person. He invented a cinematic language that many filmmakers have tried to reach but never come close. This film is truly a transcendent experience, and not one that should be missed!
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.