Ivan's Childhood

Ivan's Childhood ★★★★½

Andrei Tarkovsky's first film is a harrowing insight into war and the effects of it, it manages to capture that not by showing endless amounts of combat but by showing the effects it has had on a young boy.

The only part of Ivan's actual childhood you see is through his dreams, you can't call any part of his life in the present a childhood which is actually very effective.

The cinematography and performance of Ivan was outstanding, everything in this film is effective in its purpose, to expose people to what war is like and it's horrific, seeing the desolate land and the man grieving over his wife in the beginning when Ivan runs off and seeing the bodies at the end.

Overall this is a fantastic and quite horrifying film and serves it's purpose extremely well.