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Solaris (1972)

  • Starring: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet
  • Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Language(s): Russian, German
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 166 min.

Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
February’s pick was made by Avalon Johnson.

I love the way it forces you to think about perception. There really isn’t anything lacking in Solaris. Tarkovsky is known for being impeccable at creating atmosphere, and I think it’s insane how he can have that but also tell a story that is universal to the human experience. In Solaris he expresses extremely human ideas in such a lifeless atmosphere, which makes it all the more powerful. I want to share it with others because I think it’s beautiful and offers an unforgettable viewing experience.

Synopsis: Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

"The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own."
- Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Tarkovsky's speculative visions enfold the mysteries of death and rebirth, the lost paradise of childhood, the power of art to define identity, the menace of science as destructive vanity."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"A visionary science-fiction film that takes us on a profound voyage into both outer and inner space."
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of 2001."
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The third feature in Tarkovsky's brief, shining career will deliver you from the mundane to the sublime."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"More an exploration of inner than of outer space, Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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