Stalker

Stalker ★★★★½

Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. For these three travellers, it is preferable to confronting their inner demons — even at the expense of enlightenment. Idealism and pragmatism (art and science) are two sides of the same coin — equally poisoned by cynicism and terrified of a force beyond their comprehension (The Room).

There’s so many things I’d love to praise about this film, from the mystically immersive atmosphere to the soul-stirring premise and dialogue. Lightning in a bottle, really. If given the chance, would I do any different?

At the end, I stand by Tarkovsky’s own words, which essentially boil down to faith, servitude and love — everything that the Stalker lives by:

In the end everything can be reduced to the one simple element which is all a person can count upon in his existence: the capacity to love — that essentially human thing that cannot be dissolved or broken down, that forms like a crystal in the soul of each of us.

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