Solyaris (Solaris)
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Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris centers on widowed psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donata Banionis), who is sent to a space station orbiting a water-dominated planet called Solaris to investigate the mysterious death of a doctor, as well as the mental problems plaguing the dwindling number of cosmonauts on the station. Finding the remaining crew to be behaving oddly and aloof, Kelvin is more than surprised when he meets his seven-years-dead wife Khari (Natalya Bondarchuk) on the station. It quickly becomes apparent that Solaris possesses something that brings out repressed memories and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tarkovsky's speculative visions enfold the mysteries of death and rebirth, the lost paradise of childhood, the power of art to define identity, the menace of science as destructive vanity ..."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"More an exploration of inner than of outer space, Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris, we have made contact with the aliens, and they want you to call your mom."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Film Freak Central
"Haunting, provocative, beautifully shot and infused with an irresistable, tender sadness, this is sci-fi, and indeed cinema, at its most powerful and mysterious."
‑ , Film4
"A brilliantly imaginative work of art."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The effects are scanty, the drama gloomy, the philosophy of the film thick as a cloud of ozone. The plot is not all that original either."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"It's a smart response to the superficial excesses of the sci-fi genre."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Proves the yin to Kubrick's yang, not out of contrarian longing, but because that was the form best suited for the content Tarkovsky wanted to explore."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"...addictive, serenely maddening"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Slow, but ravishingly beautiful and charged with a real poignancy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Andrei Tarkovsky spins a strange, slow but absorbing parable on life and love in the guise of a sci-fi theme."
‑ , Variety
"This complex and sometimes very beautiful film is about humanity but hardly at all about politics."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"Its discussion of passion and obsession, regret and reconciliation is consistently challenging and offers few easy answers."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Make sure to see the long version (167 minutes) of Tarkovsky's provocative sci-fi, one of the best of its genre"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Once you accustom yourself to its pace -- it takes probably the first hour -- it's a hypnotic experience."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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