Solyaris (Andrei Tarkovsky – 1972) B+

Oh boy was this long and slow and…err…quiet. I wanted to see it after watching Sunshine a week or two ago and I remembered enjoying the 2002 version of Solyaris a lot, a remake of this one. Well, this one is good, but I admit I had difficulty finishing it in one, or two or three sittings…On the upside it is shot beautifully throughout, from the opening scenes to the interiors of the space station to the fantastic closing shot. It also has a lot of discussion about science, love and humanity. I like this stuff and the Russians can discuss it like no one else.


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