Screaming-uncontrollably-on-English-all-of-a-sudden is one of the worst things I've ever seen. As for the film, it will keep Tarkovsky fans at bay with his well know symbols rearranged once again, but there is absolutely nothing intriguing about the entire picture.
Hugely disappointing. I'm not a huge fan of « art house interior drama à la Bergman ». The cinematography is alright, but the bourgeois theatrical side of the feature bother me. Great film, but i prefer the « elusive » Tarkovsky of Stalker or The Mirror. And not the one who tried too hard to emulate the style of Bergman. He should had learnt from L'argent (1983), not from Fanny and Alexander LOL.
Without doubt Tarkovsky's greatest film. The symbolical density is mastered to such a degree that it doesn't estrange the naïve viewer while still compelling the informed one. One could raise a complaint at its somewhat clumsily executed philosophical starting point, but as it leans down, the gaze sharpens and the image completes itself in an enormously satisfying finale.
As "Nostalghia", it's a film haunted by the memory of Russia and shadowed by a very heavy dramaturgy, essentially variations of Chekhov and Bergman (Tystnaden), as if the inner ruins that previously lived in-off his images-sounds were to become a thematic construction. However, its formal structure is so absorbent that many times can overcome my resistance and, as in the fire's long sequence-shot, let me perplexed.
"Our world has seen such a disruption of all that should bind the individual to society that it has become supremely imp. to restore man's participation in his own future.This requires that man should go back to believing in his soul and his sufferings,and link his own actions with his conscience.He has to accept that his conscience will never be at rest as long as what he does is at variance with what he belives;"
Loved the visuals, the cinematography and the acting. The theme/premise I get it but it's like: "What is the meaning of life? What does it all mean? It all means nothing, but it means something! The world is gonna end?! Oh fuck it I should burn my awesome beautiful house down. My life is was too perfect, I knew this would happen. I feel so so guilty. I'm a privileged white man!" Stuff, like Tree Of Life