Jamie Hunt’s review published on Letterboxd:
+From every Tarkovsky film I have seen, his visual style is very clear. He let's shots linger for just the right amount of time. Another Tarkovsky trope which this film is centred around is the idea of showcasing a dream state; we see 3 different dreasm from Ivan. The final in particular where he is stopped by a dead tree is heavy hitting.
+Again like every Tarkovsky film I have seen this has stunning cinematography, my favourite shots being the one from the poster, and the focus on the cross as the smoke from war blankets it. He also has a way of capturing nature, like the scenes in the mud-soaked forest.
+Nikolay Burlyaev is excellent as Ivan.
+I'm a fan of the harsh cut to the end of the war, it made for an interesting contrast.
+The set designs capture the period well, like the jagged remains of the house, and swampy forest lit by flares.
+This is not going to be for everyone as it prioritises ambience and atmosphere over plot.
-The subplot with the nurse adds little to Ivans story. These scenes while being visuallly impressive, lacked any emotional weight.
Overall- Although this is my least favourite Tarkovsky film so far, it's a great watch, where his style is still as present in his directorial debut.
DID YOU KNOW- Tarkosvky shows real footage of occupied Berlin, including the charred corpse of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of propaganda, and the bodies of his six children murdered by their parents in Berlin on 1 May 1945.