Nostalgia (Nostalghia)
Nostalgia (Nostalghia) (1984)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 8, 1984
DVD Release Date: October 6, 1998
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Stick with it. There are shocking acts that rupture the stillness, and then there's one of cinema's great endings, a wrenching, rapturous scene that would set both of those poets into embarrassed rewrites.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Nothing happens.

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Nostalgia engages questions and emotions that are rarely even contemplated in the cinema.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Aims for a hushed, hypnotic, incantatory effect, and it does succeed in inducing some kind of trance.

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Josh Larsen

...transports us to a place that no longer feels temporal, but spiritual.

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John Oursler

Tarkovsky's hypnotic framing of Gorchakov's experience is made possible through his signature pacing, extended tracking shots, and slow zooms and focusing.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A hauntingly beautiful film.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Tarkovsky is an uncompromising filmmaker... films move slowly, but exercise a fascination unlike anything else I've seen.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Away from his homeland Russia, Tarkovsky delivered this phenomenal masterpiece, a wonderfully directed film that boasts a most gorgeous cinematography and takes… More
Arash Xak
Poetic & has some beautiful scenes specially the final shot which is one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen but the whole movie isn't… More
Alex roy
A fine picture directed by Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, Nostalghia is a well crafted picture that should definitely appeal to fans of his work, this is a… More
Greg S
A Russian poet in Italy researching a biography of a Russian composer experiences homesickness and ennui, and is asked to perform a ritual by a madman. Be… More