Andrew’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ivan's Childhood shows how war and death can tear apart a country, and the individuals within that country. But it also shows how compassion and love can still be taught during this time. The movie is thematically beautiful and shows the beginnings of a master director. When it comes to cinematography, dream sequences, and playing with time, no one does it better. Even for a debut feature film, Tarkovsky works with these concepts brilliantly. However, there were other aspects I did not care for as much such as his use of storytelling, music, and side plots. It may be a good starting place for Tarkovsky, but his future movies are truly where he shines.
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