News of WWIII breaks out during the festivities of drama critic Alexander’s birthday celebration. With the end of the world nigh, he turns to God and vows to renounce everything near and dear to him, if the war is averted.
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Essential cinema. Close to 30 years ago this was my first exposure to Tarkovsky via Jay Scott's 'Film International' on TVO. The director's final masterpiece only gets better with time finding him at his most accessible yet still thought provoking and meditative. This deeply spiritual work is a fine epitaph and legacy left behind from a director who left us far too soon. 'In the beginning there was the word'.
There is no plot to speak of; the film is an in-depth character study. Tarkovsky has given the main character so many dimensions. Elements of magic realism serve to enhance the character's despair and isolation, but there are finely-crafted human details that give the film a very realistic sense. The world Tarkovsky has created is like a vivid dream. 9.5/10
молодец мистер Тарковский !