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Mirror

+ pre-recorded intro by director Małgorzata Szumowska

Zerkalo

Poetic, visually stunning and a drifting narrative to get lost in – this film has it all.

Image from Mirror + pre-recorded intro by director Małgorzata Szumowska

Russia 1975
Dir Andrei Tarkovsky
With Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya
106min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate U

Arguably the key film in Tarkovsky’s canon, Mirror is as close to poetry as cinema gets. The fragmented memories of dying poet Aleksei form this haunting autobiographical reverie, which interweaves poems from Tarkovsky’s father, Arseny, a noted poet of the Soviet era. In vivid, unforgettable, elemental images the film focuses on Aleksei’s mother, the country house he grew up in, his training as a soldier and his quarrelsome adult life with his estranged wife. Its kaleidoscopic approach offers no straight narrative, but is richer for its belief in the power of cinema to represent our intense inner lives as well as the wind sweeping across the Russian grasslands and the idea of landscape as an equal protagonist to the people within it.