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.
The great Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris, Stalker) passed away at 54 after an all-too-short career. The Sacrifice, completed while he was dying, is one of cinema’s greatest swansongs: a visual tour-de-force, and a heartbreaking goodbye from a father to a son. Available in HD!
Deeply spiritual, poetic and philosophical in content. Tarkovsky manages to mirror the content with an execution thats equally refined, grandiose and high-concept without feeling contrived, all the while providing enough open esoteric space to allow the audience to find their own meaning within. Masterful 5 stars.
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'.