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The Sacrifice Review

What does it mean to sacrifice something? Not a physical object, but a feeling or memory. Andrei Tarkovsky always composed massive, grand projects that looked to depict life in all its fleeting, suffering glory, but it is The Sacrifice that feels most poignant of all. Solaris was an exceptional, biting response to the apparent commercialist attitude of Stanley Kubrick and his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, whilst Ivan’s Childhood was of the beautifully brutal post-war filmmaking variety. Tarkovsky was an exceptional artist, a rare artist that could weave thick thematics into his visual flair. He was unconvinced by the happiness around him, unphased by the mechanisms of positivity, and nowhere is that clearer than here, in his final feature film.

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