Kljunas’s review published on Letterboxd :
Rewatching Stalker really made its religious theme more noticeable. Of course it does get pretty apparent by the end of the film, but the whole process of getting into the Zone actually has a ritualistic feel to it from the beginning. Much of what the stalker does is grounded in tradition and teachings from his mentor, but whether it serves any real purpose is not shown. In a way, belief in the Zone has more of a presence throughout the film than the Zone itself.