The Sacrifice
The Sacrifice (1986)

The Sacrifice, director Andrei Tarkovsky's final film, begins in Bergmanesque fashion on a small, remote island, where friends and family gather for drama critic Alexander's (Erland Josephson) birthday celebration. The revelry is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 1, 1986
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

In The Sacrifice, the cryptic Tarkovsky style helps create a towering cathedral.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

A grand, unworldly, even antiworldly religious vision that depends on its perfect pitch to avoid absurdity and bathos.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

The dread chill of the film is a stark reminder of the zeitgeist at the time, which was full of nuclear doom.... What constitutes the tragedy here is what is left open to question.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

As The Sacrifice comes full circle, returning to that spindly tree by the sea and its nurturing, the film itself emerges as a symbolic gesture of great emotional impact.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

For those willing to acccept the tenets of Tarkovsky's cinema of spiritual quest, his esoteric notions of Christian iconography and his obscure approach to cinematic meaning, the film can seem nothing less than miraculous.

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Josh Larsen

...haunted by the gap between human yearning and ultimate understanding.

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Sam Weisberg
Village Voice

Only those who still quiver at the shopworn lament that advancing technology is destroying the world will find the philosophizing vital in this bookish stupor.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

The Sacrifice is a stunningly beautiful film that holds your attention even while you feel slightly stunned, in a less welcome way, by what is actually going on.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

At least close to being a great film. It's a film that lingers in the mind -- not in the least because it's so open to interpretation.

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Alex roy
Beautifully acted, directed and told The Sacrifice is a brilliant final work from legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. I've given my fair share of… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Sacrifice" starts out with a famous journalist, Alexander(Erland Josephson), celebrating his birthday with friends and… More
Ed Fucking Harris
First Andrei Tarkovsky movie I've seen, and his final feature. Will definently be looking forward to seeing more of his movies in the near future.This one… More