in about 100 words or less
Soviet Union 163m, Colour
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky; Cast: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Alisa Freindlich, Natasha Abramova
Stalker is a cryptic psychological science fiction film that documents the dangerous journey of three men through a ravaged landscape to a forbidden place known as the Zone, where one’s true desrires may be realized. Their journey, led by a christ-like figure known as the Stalker, takes place through a toxic wasteland, and is interspersed with puzzling discussions about what they believe the Zone to be, and their reasons for wanting to visit it. Filled with decaying industrial images which border on beauty in their focus and detail, Stalker is a contemplative cinematic experience that was not intended to entertain. Rather, as a viewer of the film, Tarkovsky invites us to participate as the fourth member of the pilgrimage, and to consider that while faith may get us through life, it does not provide understanding, nor does it guarantee our happiness (Klaus Ming January 2016).