Stalker ★★★★★

"Hardness and strength are death's companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win."

There's no greater feeling in the world than watching a movie that feels like a genuine discovery, a reaffirmation of why you love movies and how you possibly could have gone without seeing it the first place. Stalker is my first Tarkovsky and it has simply some of the finest direction of any film I've ever seen. The use of long takes, color and framing is simply out of this world. It's philosophical descent into desire and what human beings truly desire vs. what we tell ourselves we desire is one of the most fascinating character studies I've ever witnessed. By the time the 3 hour runtime is over, all I wanted was to erase the memory of watching it from my head, and start the experience over again. A perfect film. Now, on to Solaris.

(getting that filmstruck account was the best decision I've ever made holy fuck)

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