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Mirror(Зеркало)

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Soviet Union
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1975

1h 47m

Director Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Alla Demidova

Genre Drama, History

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A film largely informed by the biography of its director, Andrei Tarkovsky, as the thoughts, emotions, and memories of the 40 year-old Alexei are presented in three different time periods: pre-war (1930s), wartime, and post-war (1960s), interwoven with reflections on Soviet society and history. The closest cinema has ever come to poetry.

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70

Los Angeles Times by

While there is barely a story to tie it all together, The Mirror finds connections in the longings of Alexei. He longs to understand his past, his land, his family, his inspirations and fears, and that’s what the movie is able to convey in its abstract but persuasive way.
90

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

The smallest details (a stammering child, the wrinkle in the turned page of a book) stick like burrs, and we are left to wonder if any director has delved with more modesty and honesty into the heartbreak of the past.
100

The Irish Times by Donald Clarke

Mirror is much copied, but as the recent run of Terrence Malick films demonstrates, eschewing time and plot for flotsam and psyche is much harder than Tarkovsky makes it look.
80

CineVue by Maximilian Von Thun

Tarkovsky possessed a sensibility for, and mastery over, the cinematic form that few directors – before or after – have been able to match; a mastery evident in almost every sublime frame of Mirror.

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