This Soviet classic is a very long one, nearly three hours. It is on the limit of being too long, but it is saved by its director, who does an excellent job. A simple man, stalker, takes two academics into the Zone, where is the Room, where one supposedly can make a wish that comes true later in one’s life. However, first the entourage must make their way into the Zone past fence and armed guards. Inside the Zone, they need to probe a safe way into the Room, facing their fears, and solving interpersonal conflicts – because if the Zone is not respected, it will punish.

Tarkovsky is known for very long takes and veeery slow pace of storytelling and “Stalker” is no exception. Like my previously reviewed movie, Blow-up, this is recommended only if you are seriously into movies. “Stalker” is not an easy movie to take in, but if you’ve got what it takes, you will be rewarded with an experience. For others, I would suggest to see the latest bang-bang action movie or a romantic chic-flick.

Stalker, Andrej Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1979


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posted: 10 March 1
under: Movies