Stalker ★★★★½

"Hey...stop stalking me!!!" -No one in this film.

- Scavenger Hunt #52:
Task 23. Pick one of the 10 most popular films from your birth year that you haven't seen (I took this to mean LB popularity) (14/31 completed)

I live close to a train but it doesn't look this beautiful when the train rattles stuff at my place.

Stalker is the story of a guide taking two men into a special zone, where reality is inconsistent, with the ultimate goal of making it to a special place where desires come true. The zone is located outside of a soviet town and the guide is bringing in a writer and a professor. Crazy cinematography porn and dense dialogue ensue.

The movie is beautiful. The real world is shot with a different tone than when you are in the zone which creates a reverse dream quality that I like. The parts outside of the zone have an orange tint and it makes it look like people are walking around in beautiful still photos whereas the zone is more realistic seeming which implies heading into a world where things realer than real life can occur.

The themes of this film are pretty broad. What is human nature, empathy, the common good, real desire and why. There are questions about what the zone means in reality and symbolically. In reality it's a film designed for people to watch dozens of times while they figure out what in beautiful hell the movie is saying and meaning.

I deducted half a star because I sure as fuck felt the length of this the first time, despite liking it. I don't as a general principal mind super long movies, but when a 2 hour and 40 minute film can be 2 hours and 10 minutes I prefer that. In addition the film is vague and dense in a way that occasionally feels a bit too intentional and proud to me. That all being considered though, the movie is fucking amazing and I'll probably watch it multiple times in the background to slowly pick up the point.

Yes watch this, but if you are early in your film-watching life you will probably be pretending to like it just as much as you actually like it.

P.S. I feel bad for any people that have ever had to listen to a philosophy major turned film student analyze this film for them.

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