Mirror ★★★★

It goes without saying that trying to fully interpret an Andrei Tarkovsky film on first viewing is a losing battle, simply because of the never-ending complexities hidden beneath the depths of narrative, dialogue or the more aesthetic elements. Mirror displays this significantly, the director weaving a near torturous sense of unsettlement in how he structures his film as the camera drifts in and out of scenes examining the memories of a dying man. Arguably, much of the narrative is relatively straight forward under conventional means, but Tarkovsky’s focus on non-linear structure and the unpredictability of the visual style allows an atmosphere that disorientates as much as it fascinates. Simply put: Mirror is a work of an auteur in full control of everything around them.

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