IMDb Top 250: #206 Stalker

Stalker (1979)

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
Writers: Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel)
Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

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This was a very, very, very strange movie. It revolves around a man known as “the Stalker,” who  is a guide to a mysterious area called “the Zone” where there’s this room, “the Room”, where one can have their innermost desire fulfilled.

The average length of a shot in Stalker is almost a minute and a half; it all feels mirage-like, almost like a dream from another life. This also means that it all moves along agonizingly slow.

Of course, this is a beautiful movie in terms of cinematography. A lot of symbolism. A lot of attention to details that would otherwise be skipped by most people.

It is a complicated movie. Complicated in the way it deals with free will and achieving one’s desires. About freedom, the freedom to forge one’s destiny.

If you have the patience, you should watch this. And pay close attention to every single detail.

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