Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983)

Nostalgia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983)
Rating: 9.0

A very challenging, yet gorgeous film. The cinematography and landscapes are incredible. Tarkovsky's water, faith, and stray dogs motifs are present, but this film was a bit more convoluted than his other films for me personally and probably warrants another viewing, so I don't have much to say. Dialogue between the main characters asked "what is faith?" and "what is madness?" I found the juxtaposition of these ideas and comparisons blurring the distinctions between them to be fascinating, and it definitely seems to be one of the major points of the film. I also enjoyed the desaturated film stock used to convey triggered Andrei's moments of nostalgic flashbacks.

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