Solaris

USSR 1972. Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky. 167 min. DCP

“Tarkovsky is for me the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.”
INGMAR BERGMAN

NEW RESTORATION! | Adapted from Polish author Stanisław Lem’s novel, Tarkovsky’s metaphysical epic is often described as the “Soviet 2001” — although “Star Trek as written by Dostoevsky” (Jay Scott, Globe and Mail) also fits! A guilt-ridden psychologist (Donatas Banionis) is sent to investigate strange occurrences on a space station orbiting Solaris, a mysterious planet with a sentient Ocean. Confronted by the incarnation of his long-dead wife (Natalya Bondarchuk), he is forced to relive the greatest moral failures of his past. A brilliant exploration of love, truth, and what it means to be human, Solaris is magnificently mounted in widescreen and colour. Steven Soderbergh directed a surprisingly worthy American remake, starring George Clooney, in 2002. “Solaris ranks with the best of Tarkovsky's work, which is to say it ranks with the best movies produced at any time” (Scott).


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REVIEWS

“A dreamlike interrogation of faith, memory, and the transfiguring power of love ... The clarity and beauty of Solaris ensures its majesty lives on.”

Guardian | full review

"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."

Chicago Reader | full review