Pete Talbot’s review published on Letterboxd:
This feels like a perfect companion to Come and See and Bergman’s Shame. It’s a visceral statement on child warfare, and the scarring effects of war on not just the people but the landscape. Incredible camera moves and background composition. There are perfectly framed flares in the deep background timed to camera movements. I’m pretty impressed by this debut from Tarkovsky especially since it’s a very different movie from his later work as far as pacing.