1975 [RUSSIAN]

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Reviewed by bandw7 / 10

I congratulate any person who absorbs this on first viewing

After I watched this for the first time I was left feeling confused, irritated, and a bit angered by what I perceived to be willful obfuscation. I was ready to give it 3/10 for the cinematography and Margarita Terekhova's performance, but then I read some reviews where I saw comments like: "masterpiece"; "best film of all time"; "my favorite film"; "perfect". I figured that there must be something to this film that I missed, so I thought it was worth a second try. I was helped by some reviewers who pointed out that the scenes occur in one of three time periods: in the 1930s prior to WWII, during the war (with footage from the Spanish Civil War),and in the 1960s. There is no story as such, but the memories, dreams, and current real life of Aleksei, a man in his 40s who is dying. Mixed in are documentary footage sequences and poetry readings. Things are complicated by Terekhova's playing two parts: Aleksei's wife Maria and Maria's mother. Also Ignat Daniltsev plays two parts: the young Aleksei and Aleksei's son. Oh, and at random intervals the film moves between black and white and color.

Armed with some background there *was* a reward for watching the second time. For one thing I was not so focused on the subtitles so that I could better appreciate the cinematography--the sensual quality of the wind on the fields and bushes, the lush countryside, the lighting, and the long tracking shots, for example. Even though I appreciated Terekhova's performance on first viewing, I was more impressed with her on second viewing when I was not struggling so hard to make sense out of things. There are some great scenes, like the extended one that has the young Aleksei looking into a mirror in contemplation. The future Aleksei is remembering an incident where his young self is contemplating what his future will be.

Some scenes are still mysterious, like the scene with Maria in a charred room with the ceiling falling in. Other scenes struck me as puzzlingly long, like Maria's trek to the printing office where we follow her from her house, into the rain, into the building, and through doors and down a corridor until she finally winds up at her desk. Why such a detailing of her trip to the office?

I like the concept of the film in its trying to capture how life is, as lived in our minds: in the real world, in dreams, in fantasies, and in memories--all jumbled together. To come across as so authentic, I figure that this film must be autobiographical to a great extent. In concept I would compare this to Fellini's, "8 1/2" and Malick's, "The Tree of Life." Both of these latter films were more successful for me, partly since they were easier to follow, but most importantly because they involved me emotionally at a deep level. "The Mirror" remained at a distance for me emotionally.

I have a problem with films that require research to appreciate. Maybe a third viewing would be in order sometime when I have the patience.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird10 / 10

The most personal Tarkovsky film?

To this viewer, it definitely was. Mirror is a divisive film and one that not everybody is going to like or fully understand on first viewing, but it does come over as one of those films that should be seen more than once. Regarding myself, it was instant love on first viewing. Mirror looks amazing, which is not surprising as Tarkovsky's films are some of the most visually beautiful I've seen, the cinematography was so dream-like that it's enough to leave one in a trance of wonder. The scenery is striking as well and the whole film is atmospherically lit. Mirror also has a good amount of symbolism(which were relatively straightforward),but once again they were ones that bewitched rather than bewildered, the burning barn and the final scene were very telling scenes. Describing Tarkovsky's direction here, superb is not strong enough a word, Tarkovsky was a remarkably consistent director and a master of visuals and mood. While it may perplex some, I had little if any problem following the story, sure it's unconventional and not as linear as say Ivan's Childhood but it wasn't that hard to work out what it was about. As said before, Mirror is a personal film, very reflective and poetic and this all comes across in a way that's both poignant and uplifting. Pacing also wasn't a problem personally, Tarkovsky's films are known for their deliberate pacing that can be a turn off point but Mirror caught my attention throughout, almost in a trance actually watching it. Mirror's thoughtfully written, hauntingly scored(Bach has never been more effectively used on film) and beautifully acted, especially by Margarita Terekhova whose understated and moving performance is one of the best of any Tarkovsky film. In conclusion, Tarkovsky's most personal film is also another masterwork, visual poetry on film couldn't be a more perfect description. 10/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca3 / 10

The usual Tarkovsky experience...

THE MIRROR is another art-house drama by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. I'm no fan of this guy, so I'll keep my thoughts brief. In terms of visuals, this film is very good, well thought out, with carefully constructed compositions and the like. Tarkovsky would make a good painter and his style reminded me a little of Herzog's HEART OF GLASS. As for the rest, it's typically long-winded, personal, boring, and familiar from the rest of his work. The characters are dull and the plot events strive for meaning but feel quite obtuse. The only part of this I found interesting from a historical perspective is the segment detailing Communist China.

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