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A visionary science-fiction film that takes us on a profound voyage into both outer and inner space.
New York Times:
This complex and sometimes very beautiful film is about humanity but hardly at all about politics.
More an exploration of inner than of outer space, Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals.
Los Angeles Times:
A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of 2001.
Tarkovsky's speculative visions enfold the mysteries of death and rebirth, the lost paradise of childhood, the power of art to define identity, the menace of science as destructive vanity ...
The effects are scanty, the drama gloomy, the philosophy of the film thick as a cloud of ozone. The plot is not all that original either.
It's a smart response to the superficial excesses of the sci-fi genre.
Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme.
The third feature in Tarkovsky's brief, shining career will deliver you from the mundane to the sublime.