Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. 1972, 166 mins. 35mm. With Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Juri Jarvet. Dispatched to a distant space station outside the mysterious, watery planet of Solaris, a psychologist discovers that the strange new world has the ability to make manifest the astronauts’ unconscious thoughts and desires, bringing him face to face with the reincarnation of his dead wife. Touted as a Soviet 2001, Tarkovsky’s spectrally beautiful science-fiction mind-bender is an altogether deeper, stranger, and more meditative study of obsession and longing.
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