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Nostalghia is Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's enigmatic work about a writer (Oleg Yankovsky) who, trapped by his fame and an unhappy marriage, seeks out his cultural past in Italy. Here he meets Erland Josephson, a local pariah who declares that the world is coming to an end. The writer finds this prophecy curiously more alluring than the possibility of a dead-end future. Nostalghia won the Grand Prix de Creation and the International Critics Prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a mood piece that makes you feel like you're drowning in high-grade art swill. If that sounds oppressive, know that it is, but the tonic is invigorating: a clammy atmosphere so unlike the airless options Hollywood's about to spring on us."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"One of the moistest movies you've ever seen."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Instead of excitement, the feeling one gets after seeing Nostalghia is one of utter relaxation that makes us long for the world we left behind in the theater."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Nothing happens."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Perhaps Andrei Tarkovsky's most opaque film, Nostalghia is nonetheless one of his most personal."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"Tarkovsky's personal struggle between love of country and creative freedom culminated during the filming of Nostalghia."
‑ Acquarello, Senses of Cinema
"Just as Tarkovsky used deep space to explore psychological space in Solaris, here, he's using an estranging, sepia-toned Tuscany to express the dimensions of the soul."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"A belíssima fotografia, a direção elegante de Tarkovsky e a seqüência da travessia com a vela quase me fizeram esquecer o quão pretensioso, auto-indulgente e prolixo é este filme. Eu disse 'quase'."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The film ends in light, as through the open circular window of a ruined church the sun shines in."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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