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."
This time we follow a Russian poet in Italy, and this is as far as I know his first film featuring another language than Russian.
Words cannot easily describe this film. This is a known fact for people that have seen his films.
Tarkovsky is shoving off many of his known trademarks here. Flowing water, indoor rain, dogs, birds, et cetera. He continues to share the most beautiful images ever put on screen, in a lovely slowed pace with long shots of dolly-cams panning and zooming. We get some amazing deep focus action here too. In every image there is so much to see and if you look around you can consume more than a quick glance give. A random still from the film would be a beautiful poster on a wall.
A poetic film, like "Zerkalo" in many ways with it's flashes of past. This is not as dream-like, more human and straight forward.
It's weird too, with some weirder settings and happenings.
We rearly shift places, few scenes.
The story is pretty hard to grasp, few answers, lots of guessing.
I dig the 1 + 1 = 1 stuff and the Domenico -character. We also are served the most "shocking" act that I have seen in his films here, spicing it up a bit - turning away from it's spiritual and soft themes.
Probably not my favorite film from this film poet/painter. It's better than "Solaris" and slightly behind "Zerkalo" and "Stalker". Give me a month so it can sink in.
9 out of 10 lighters.