These are all kind of the same, aren't they? Long-winded, dreary, overly contemplative, lacking in story, beautifully filmed. Honestly, Tarkovsky is my favorite director. But the whole thing is starting to wear on me. Like, can you draw me in with an interesting plot? Rather than a guy walking back and forth in water, monologuing to himself about what's wrong with his life, over a span of 20 minutes, in which 3 lines are uttered?
There is a level of depth to it, but not as much as if the story was more interesting. Just so meaningless. Aims high, hits low. Style over substance.
"The meaning of water in his films isn't as interesting to me as the question of how his actors keep their feet reasonably dry...Mr. Tarkovsky also shows a new if unproductive fondness for the image with a dark door or a passageway in the middle of the screen. Sometimes actors walk in or out of those passageways and doors, but mostly we just wait and hope. Nothing happens."