Originally Posted by kkl10 Solaris (1972) - 8,5
What a surreal experience, almost like daydreaming!
The slow pace of the movie in certain moments can be a torture but it pays off to see it all, Tarkovsky sculpted a work that slowly modifies and persuades our state of mind and mood culminating in an unforgettable defiance of the logic of reality.
Perfect demonstration that our perception of reality is always relativistic and prone to misinterpretation.
Excelent thematic substance with some common points shared with Stalker
(where they are worked more indepth), several philosophical and ethical problems are raised in this film:
Are Science mechanisms enough to extract all the knowledge we need from reality?
How much does subjective experience count into it?
How to deal with a previously existing human replica that appears almost out of nowhere?
What Are we? Do we love real beings or illusions? Among other things...
All this is developed in a plot where Tarkovsky wanted to emphasize the psychological condition of humans in a peculiar reality.
I think this movie like no other is able to remind me about the absurd and preciousness of human experience and consciousness in the universe. Not to say that we are alone as intelligent life form, but what are the chances that we find anything else like us? All other life forms can be so entirely different, we'll eventually be forced to ask ourselves if our definition of "Life" is incomplete or if it makes any sense at all, still an open debate.
The first 30/45 minutes progression was a bit boring, there was something unnatural, off-putting I can hardly identify, maybe I noticed the technical limitations more clearly in that period due to the slow pace. There's something strange about the sound, voices weren't recorded live and seem to be disproportionately louder than most other sounds, sound effects and score can be hardly heard at times... I don't know if this was a result of deliberate choice or just negligence... it distracted quite a bit in the first half of the movie, one of the major factors that augmented the awkwardness I felt, but curiously it seems to have contributed for the quality of the experience on the second half all the way to the end, the peculiar sound work improved the singular quality of Solaris
, the same I say for Stalker
The soundtrack is hauntigly beautiful and melancholic, the cinematography and camera work are unfortunately not as sophisticated as in Stalker
, still competent though.
The aesthetics of Solaris
is therefore less singular, more vulgar and it's a conventional cinematic exercise, there's no intelectual plot here, apparently Stalker
was the more ambicious work from Tarkovsky, linguistically speaking, but I've yet to see his other works. Still there is wonderful and evocative imagery to be seen in this scify movie and it has great emotional and intelectual depth, although the acting could be better overall.
I feel this movie is excessively slow at the begining, Tarkovsky seemed to not give a damn about the potentially racking nature of his movies on the viewers, he'll gladly torture us for a long period before gracing us with cinematic generosity towards the end, he's on his right to do whatever he want, it's his contribute to the art of cinema in his own way.
But I can't shake the feeling that the deliberate slow pace of his movies is more harmful than beneficial to the experience, it's very easy to shift attention away from the film and consequently be reminded that I'm just watching it, not living it. The immersion factor, so important to me, is rather delicate in Solaris
If not for this I'd rate his movies higher, I guess it's a simple matter of being in the right mood.
is a movie of great poetic beauty and a fascinating philosophical mindtrip that deeply touches our brains and hearts.
I highly recommend it!