Stalker ★★★★½

Similar to Solaris, a vast fog of mystery and uncertainty drifts from the very first shot to the last moving moment. Stalker feels simultaneously familiar and foreign with serene long takes, placing you alongside the Writer, the Professor, and the Stalker on this unnerving, philosophical expedition. With an average 88 seconds between cuts, Tarkovsky allows you to dwell in the hypnotically abstruse air of comtemplation, yet the film flows smoothly without dragging or stumbling on the road. It is as if the at times haunting, at times ethereal atmosphere demands your attention, leading you slowly to the zone.

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