sethbgvt’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have to admit that his other films have not always been easy for me to feel accessible, but right from the beginning of this, I was immediately drawn in. This is a story about the effects of war on a young boy. This boy is a scout or spy for the Russians during World War 2. What truly is remarkable is the way the film goes between the present and the past from the boy’s perspective. It’s the sounds and images that Tarkovsky uses that elicited from me the most moving and memorable moments. The tension and suspense in the last third of the movie as the soldiers are put into action, allow Tarkovsky to elevate this to a masterpiece as he interjects striking images of the destructive nature of war. There is so much poetry, yet realism in this film.