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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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 !
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.