Solaris

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Released 1972

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Director:
Andrei Tarkovsky
Released:
1972
Rating:
PG
Solaris is a Russian science fiction film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and released in 1972. The protagonist is Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis), a scientist who is sent to the planet Solaris to determine why an earlier mission there ended in failure. Once he arrives on Solaris, Kelvin begins to see apparitions of his dead wife (Natalya Bondarchuk). The mystified man soon discovers that the planet possesses a mysterious power that allows it to detect human desires and produce the objects of those desires. Solaris is a complex, contemplative film that examines the nature of human desires, and the consequences of having all of those desires fulfilled. Like a gifted painter, Tarkovsky uses both color and black-and-white shots to emphasize changing emotions and states of mind. Solaris is a beautiful and thought-provoking film that urges its audience to examine what it means to truly connect with an alien "other," and to consider the sacrifices and vulnerability one must accept in order to do so.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects that bear comparison to those of "2001."

  • 90

    Washington Post Desson Thomson

    His (Tarkovsky's) pictures, and his sounds -- such as the symphonic drip of raindrops in a wooded pond -- tell more than just the immediate story; they rejuvenate the mind.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Routinely called Tarkovsky's reply to Kubrick's "2001" -- But Kubrick's film is outward, charting man's next step in the universe, while Tarkovsky's is inward, asking about the nat...

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