I was initially surprised at the lack of any real resolutions, but maybe I was just too interested to discover what the Zone and the Room really were capable of than on the journey of discovery and spiritual change the main characters go through. Has a wonderful sense of foreboding, the long takes and the locations used are simply perfect. Watching this movie was such a unique experience... tense, thought-provoking, depressing and enchanting all at once. Deserves, no, demands a rewatch.
Impressive aesthetics and imagery to accompany intellectual musings. The film at times becomes a bit self-absorbed with itself, but is nevertheless incredibly weighty and poignant. It would be nearly flawless if it didn't have the 15 minute "epilogue."
A real enigma of a film. It never tries to explain its many mysteries; it leaves it to the viewer to sort out what it's all supposed to mean. It's extremely slow -- sometimes tediously so -- but it never feels like a waste of time. It makes some very unusual and interesting points about faith -- not just religious faith, but faith in oneself, faith in the world, faith in the future, faith in anything.
I need to see this again. I wish I liked it more, really, but as someone once stated, "Stalker is only as good as what the individual brings to it". "Ivan's Childhood" is probably the most accessible Tarkovsky.
A glorious compendium of faith. An incredibly dense masterpiece with a truly infinite wealth of possibilities. There is never an end to a film by Tarkovsky; they're so uniquely haunting and beautiful that you take them with you into real life. Damn if it isn't my favorite movie ever.
well - favorite movie of all time. I have seen it at least 30 times and each time i like it a little bit more. I'm afraid to continue this , because something weird may occur. Anyway - this film is stunning. Stalker - the post-apocalyptic martyr, leads the Science and the Art to see the FAITH and in the end he dies from their mistrust. Plus this movie has the most beautiful cinematography ever !
it is rather frustrating that a director who otherwise produces fantastic films stuffs them to the brim with philosophical fluff that expresses far fewer ideas than the number of syllables it takes to dictate them. it is beautiful and intriguing, but lay off the dialogue, man.
The beginning with that sepia thing and the philosophical dialogues along the film is amazing , however there are some parts that I found a little boring, but it is a very strong and different one. I've never seen something like 'Stalker'. It is a good analysis through the eyes of some hopeless people...
Tarkovski was evidently a great and powerful mind...
I couldn't help but see this film as a depiction of a lifelong, personal struggle within a single individual, perhaps Tarkovsky himself. And yet, the film is much more sophisticated than just that. At the same time as it feels simple, more straightforward than some of his other movies, it yet remains enigmatic, drifting away from my grasp.