A disintegrating space mission with introspective, grief-stricken citizens. Incomprehensible minds – both alien and human. Big ideas on a small budget, muddling fantasy and reality in a confusing and eerie way.
Stanislaw Lem wasn’t happy with any of the three adaptions of his book, but I find Tarkovsky’s experimental tryout indispensible as character study, personal vision, and time document. A unique example of hard, intellectual soviet science fiction that stays in my book of conscience and failing communication – even if it is painfully slow.