Stalker (1979)


“May everything come true. May they believe. And may they laugh at their passions. For what they call passion is not really the energy of the soul, but merely friction between the soul and the outside world. But, above all, may they believe in themselves and become as helpless as children. For softness is great and strength is worthless. When a man is born, he is soft and pliable. When he dies, he is strong and hard. When a tree grows, it is soft and pliable. But when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Flexibility and softness are the embodiment of life. That which has become hard shall not triumph.” – Stalker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two men are taken into a secluded area in Russia known as the Zone by a man known as the Stalker in order to reach a place that will grant them their heart’s desire.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about before watching it and was completely bored out of my mind for the entire 2:40 run time.

Nothing happens throughout the course of the film and things just seem to be dragged on for no apparent purpose.

It was not easy getting through this film and knowing how long it was didn’t help give me any encouragement.

This movie seems to try much too hard to be seen on a philosophical or existential plane but fails to have a clear narrative that can help keep the viewer engaged or at least somewhat intrigued as things move along.

The film both looks and feels like a low budget film which was probably done on purpose to make things seem more realistic yet that idea backfires and it makes things come across as being an even bigger mess because of it.

Bottom Line – Terribly boring and overlong film. Nothing happens during the course of the movie and it is mostly a chore getting through this near 3 hour film that tries much too hard to be existential and philosophical instead of having a clear narrative that will engage the viewer.  The look and feel of the film is a mess and it seems as if this purposely looks as if it was a low budget film to try and make it seem more realistic and that idea fails completely.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the film’s sound designer Vladimir Sharun, at least 3 members of the production, including actor Anatoliy Solonitsyn, director Andrei Tarkovsky and his wife/assistant director Larisa Tarkovskaya, died from cancer as a result of chemical contamination encountered on location in Estonia. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (1/10)

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3 thoughts on “Stalker (1979)

  1. I first saw the film when released. I was so bored, I swore never to see another Tarkovsky film. Then maybe ten years ago I saw Solaris and something happened. My mind expanded and I started watching his films. Loved them. Finally came back to Stalker and I had changed and thought ti great. Odd how these film odysseys go sometimes.

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