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With: Ignat Daniltsev, Margarita Terekhova, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Alla Demidova, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Tamara Ogorodnikova, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Arseny Tarkovsky
Written by: Aleksandr Misharin, Andrei Tarkovsky
Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language: Russian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 107
Date: 03/18/2013

Mirror (1975)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The fourth of his seven feature films, Andrei Tarkovsky's Mirror is said to be based on his own childhood. But it seems equally inspired by dreams and memories as by facts and events. It flashes forward and back to various scenes in the life of Alexei (Ignat Daniltsev), though nothing goes in any kind of narrative or chronological order.

It's an awesomely simple idea, and yet hugely complex. But at the same time it can be frustrating for a viewer entering into this experience cold; it's disorienting to try to get to know a character through his inner life rather than through his acts and behavior. I've seen the film only once and am not yet sure what to make of it, though I plan to see it again.

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