Ivan's Childhood

Ivan's Childhood ★★★★★

It's interesting how differently Tarkovsky approached war here in comparison to his student film There Will Be No Leave Today (1959). Instead of the uplifting patriotism for propaganda's sake, we get the poetically contemplative bleakness that he has become known for. Along with that came arguably one of his most memorable characters in the form of Ivan, a strong-willed and valiant 12-year old boy tormented by the cruelties of war. The film was all the more enthralling when put through the perspective of such a young and sympathetic character.

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