Nostalgia

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Nostalgia demands patience -- and rewards the investment with a hypnotic viewing experience that finds Tarkovsky in gratifyingly uncompromising form.

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To investigate the life of Russian composer Pavel Sosnovsky, Andrei Gorkachov (Oleg Yankovsky) goes to Italy, where Sosnovsky resided before his suicide. Joining Gorkachov on his journey through Tuscany is his interpreter, Eugenia (Domiziana Giordano), who develops an interest in her client that is more than professional. Meanwhile, Gorkachov is beset by powerful feelings of homesickness as he wanders through the ruins of the countryside and meets a doomsaying mystic (Erland Josephson).

Cast & Crew

Oleg Jankovskij
Andrei Gorèakov
Erland Josephson
Domenico
Voice
Delia Boccardo
Domenico's wife
Patrizia Terreno
Andrei's wife
Milena Vukotic
Civil servant
Alberto Canepa
Farmer (uncredited)
Manolo Bolognini
Executive Producer
Renzo Rossellini
Executive Producer
Guiseppe Lanci
Cinematographer
Erminia Marani
Film Editor
Amedeo Salfa
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Critic Reviews for Nostalgia (Nostalghia)

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Audience Reviews for Nostalgia (Nostalghia)

  • Jul 01, 2014
    A fine picture directed by Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, Nostalghia is a well crafted picture that should definitely appeal to fans of his work, this is a powerful picture one that is captivating from the first frame right up to the end, and it does it very well due to a strong sense of wonderful storytelling combined with powerful performances. The elements that make for a great Tarkovsky picture here, and he does great work behind the camera. The story is as usual simple, but Andrei Tarkovsky pulls it off very well due to a great visual style, which has always elevated his picture to fine art. Only a select few of filmmakers have delivered films like Tarkovsky has, and here with Nostalghia he crafts something quite good, and well worth seeing if you enjoy his work. The film is very good, and it is engaging from start to finish. Tarkovsky always manages to convey a sense of surrealism to every one of his movies, and here we have a film that shows us an eccentric, yet brilliant plot that stands out due to Tarkovsky's impeccable filmmaking. I've been a great admirer of his work, and he is able to craft something truly unique with each of his films and here he crafts something very good and is a must if you've enjoyed his work. Nostalghia is a fine drama that captivates from start to finish; this is a well crafted affair that is engaging, thought provoking and memorable from start to finish. Andrei Tarkovsky has never made a bad film or a mediocre movie, he was a filmmaker that honed his craft and expertly made terrific works of cinema, and if you're looking for a very good drama to watch, you'll find what you're looking for in this film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2012
    Past always screams for our return, because she is the mother that gave us an identity and a life perception. Life perception is all about coherence, and coherence demands a logic to exist. A logic, not THE logic. There is no such thing. What if that logic is gone? What if 1+1=1 despite our beliefs and inner struggle to conform to norms? A journey then begins, which main purpose is to shed some visible light over the tangible and intangible factors that puts the pieces back in their place. The complexity in there, however, relies that there's an emotional variable added to the equation, an undeniably human "x" that has an unbearable power over our lives. It makes us to be dependent of what gave us an origin, either in the form of visions, tears of nostalghia, B&W and sepia-toned dreams and the physical construction of the fantasy places in which our hearts will always reside. What can we do against our fragile human nature, then? There is no other option than cautiously guarding that little flame which keeps us alive and hopeful. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2009
    Away from his homeland Russia, Tarkovsky delivered this phenomenal masterpiece, a wonderfully directed film that boasts a most gorgeous cinematography and takes us in a beautiful journey through nostalgia, faith, frustration and a man's longing to find his own path.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2009
    A Russian poet in Italy researching a biography of a Russian composer experiences homesickness and ennui, and is asked to perform a ritual by a madman. Be warned: it's extremely slow-paced and dreamlike, including an almost 9 miute sequence of a man carrying a candle; but Tarkovsky's visual sense and ability to evoke a peculiar mood is unequalled, and will reward the patient viewer with a powerful cinematic experience.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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