Marco’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it's tender and pliant. But when it's dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death's companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win."
Stalker is a masterpiece that cant be described by words. Its too much for a word. It toys with your emotions. It makes you feel calm, but uneasy. Happy, but terrified. Beautifully shot, with great camerawork. The effects being fantastic. Its slow, but manages to engage you with its great story, writing and setting. Its described as a science fiction movie, but doesnt use the basic elements of the genre, being spaceships, aliens, and science based fiction that isnt mainly associated in real life.
Its based on the 1972 novel "Roadside Picnic". It combines psychological themes with science fiction and dramatic themes. The meaning for the title beIng named "Stalker", was because it is a common nickname for men engaged in the illegal enterprise of prospecting for and smuggling alien artifacts out of the "Zone". Pretty damn cool title if i may say.
The movies visuals are fantastic. The direction by Andrej Tarkovsij has to be one of the greatest in cinema. Its perfectly shot, with great writing. Even tho they spoke russian, i could feel every emotion and line. It is a indescribable experience, its easier to experience than explain. Its up there with 2001 and Blade Runner 2049 as being one of my favourite movie experiences. Its a cult classic.
Its not for everyone, but you still have to experience this masterpiece. Probably my fav Tarkovsij film now.