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September 5, 2010

Mirror (1974)
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Actors: Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovsky

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Synopsis: The life and memories of a dying man in the Soviet Union.

Review: This is a profoundly moving film whose significance and dense metaphoric content can only be appreciated on repeat viewings. It’s difficult to distil exactly what it is that makes Mirror so compelling, but it has something to do with its uniquely organic and non-conceited juxtapositions: between fiction and non-fiction, the past and the present, narrative and documentary, plus a deceptively clever and emotive use of actors, scene-sequencing and music. It would be facile to highlight any particular strand, as the film gains most of its logic in its unitary guise as a contemplative expression of a dying man’s stream-of-consciousness. Perhaps the final shot of the mother at her most aged, and the son at his most youthful, walking off into an eternal sunset while Tarkovsky retreats the camera gracefully into a dark forest, is an appropriately eloquent conclusion for this most expressive and rapturous of films. (June 2007)

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