Ivan's Childhood

Ivan's Childhood ★★★★★

From time to time mid-watch of a film, my heart will race and hands start to sweat as I get the inkling it has the potential to become an all-time favourite.

However, this hasn't happened for a while. Recently, I've really struggled to enjoy the medium at all, finding it almost impossible to engage or maintain interest regardless of what I was putting on. Naturally, this has left me in a rut of frustration, unable to gain any pleasure from something I hold so close to my heart, an interest I'd go so far as to define myself with. It's an incredibly numbing feeling.

The love for film has never left; I've still wanted to watch as much as humanely possible, making it doubly disheartening that something just felt missing. As hard as I tried, I couldn't quite pinpoint the cause, blaming it on stresses in my life, a loss of passion and even depression.

Enter Tarkovsky. I stuck 'Ivan's Childhood' on, on a whim, fully expecting to turn it off half way through and beat myself up for wasting my time as had become customary. Thankfully, I couldn't have been more wrong. This is a beautiful, beautiful movie that I found myself, sweeped up in from frame one, heart and palms pulsating like what was once a distant memory.

It may be too early to claim I'm back to my old self, but it certainly feels like it. I'm all aboard the Tarkovsky hype train and I never want to look back. This feels good.

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