You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Solyaris

Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm].

Cast:
Natalya Bondarchuk Juri Jaarvet Donatas Banionis Anatoli Solonitsyn Vladislav Dvoryetsky Nikolai Grinko

Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm].

It seems to take place in a near future when there is a space station around a strange planet called Solaris, made up of viscous swirling waters, like an ocean but lensed to suggest an oozing mixture of sea and sky, which leads to apparent hallucinations by those up there. Solaris, in fact, may be a thinking mass which creates humans from man’s secret needs or desires.

Film is a flashback by one astronaut who finds the place run-down. A videotape shows him a man who killed himself due to an appartition that had come from Solaris.

Space effects are not in spectacular vein but efficacious, and playing is intense and effective, as are the moral statements about love, life and humanity.

Solyaris

USSR

Production: Mosfilm. Director Andrei Tarkovsky; Screenplay Friedrich Horenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky; Camera Vadim Yusov; Music Enduard Artemyev; Art Director Mikhail Romadin

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 168 MIN.

With: Natalya Bondarchuk Juri Jaarvet Donatas Banionis Anatoli Solonitsyn Vladislav Dvoryetsky Nikolai Grinko

More Film

  • Busan: Helmer Farooki Sets December Shoot

    Busan: Helmer Farooki Sets December Shoot for 'Saturday Afternoon'

    Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm]. It seems to take place in a near future when there is a space station around a strange planet called Solaris, made up of viscous swirling waters, like an […]

  • Director Nonzee Niminbutr Blends History With

    Cult Thai Director Blends History With Whodunnit in ‘Francis Chit’

    Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm]. It seems to take place in a near future when there is a space station around a strange planet called Solaris, made up of viscous swirling waters, like an […]

  • Kross Pictures Finds Fertile Ground in

    Busan: Kross Pictures Finds Fertile Ground in India-Korea Remakes

    Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm]. It seems to take place in a near future when there is a space station around a strange planet called Solaris, made up of viscous swirling waters, like an […]

  • First-time Helmer Hirose Nanako at Asian

    First-time Helmer Hirose Nanako at Asian Project Market With 'Dawn'

    Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm]. It seems to take place in a near future when there is a space station around a strange planet called Solaris, made up of viscous swirling waters, like an […]

  • Korean Audiences Line Up More Political

    Korean Audiences Line Up for More Political Docs

    Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm]. It seems to take place in a near future when there is a space station around a strange planet called Solaris, made up of viscous swirling waters, like an […]

  • 'Hall of Mirrors': Edward Jay Epstein

    'Hall of Mirrors': Edward Jay Epstein on the Trail of Edward Snowden

    Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme [from a book by Stanislas Lemm]. It seems to take place in a near future when there is a space station around a strange planet called Solaris, made up of viscous swirling waters, like an […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content