“You mean more to me than any scientific truth.”
When a psychologist (Donatas Banionis) is sent to space station Solaris to investigate the mysterious mental breakdowns of the men on board, he’s visited by visions of his deceased wife (Nathalya Bondarchuk), and finds himself confronting his guilt over her death.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Mental Breakdown
- Science Fiction
- Russian Films
- Tarkovsky Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem (and recently remade by Steven Soderbergh), this “cerebral” Russian sci-fi film is “slowly paced and a bit too enigmatic”, but possesses visuals “like nothing seen in an American sci-fi film”, and is oddly hypnotic. You’ll be reminded of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) in the way relevant details are unfolded one by one, and the fact that the “enemy” is a mysterious presence rather than a physical creature. Perhaps most intriguing (and impressive) is the way Tarkovsky manages to combine creepy sci-fi with a very human subplot of guilt, loss, and love.
- Haunting cinematography
- An unusual, psychologically complex premise for a sci-fi film
Yes. This is a classic of Russian sci-fi cinema.
- Foreign Gem
- Important Director
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)