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Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

USSR 1975 108 mins. In Russian

The most visually poetic and personal of Tarkovsky’s films, THE MIRROR has no conventional plot. Rather, the film takes the viewer on a chronological journey through the memories—real and imagined—of an unnamed narrator who lies dying of cancer. The seemingly random images create a melancholic montage of the mundane events of our lives through which we search for spirituality and truth. Employing the same actors in several different roles throughout the film and leaving many questions unanswered, Tarkovsky deflected attempts to over-explain the film, urging viewers to accept it as a simple autobiographical reflection. “I should like to ask you all not to be so demanding… It is no more than a straightforward, simple story. It doesn’t have to be made any more understandable.”

Genres: Experimental

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