Ivan's Childhood

Ivan's Childhood ★★★★

I just started reading Tarkovsky's 'Sculpting in Time', and Ivan's Childhood is my first stop.

Unbelievable realising this to be Tarkovsky's feature debut. The film moves easily between memories, fantasies and 'reality' - making a haunting portrait of a boy damaged by war. The war isn't visible in battle scenes or whatsoever; Tarkovsky is much more interested in the effects of the war. This results in characters that look flat at the surface, but whilst exploring their hardships, their psyche becomes deeper and more complex.

I'm off on the Tarkovsky-express to the next stop!

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