I could not make heads or tails of this movie. I think it had something to do with faith and nostalgia, but that’s grasping at straws. It definitely was slow very much an Anrdei Tarkovsky film despite being made and set in Italy. If I am able to figure this film out down the road I will update this review. Until then, I can’t recommend a film that I couldn’t understand on any level during a first viewing.
I am updating my review on Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Nostalghia. Thanks to Russian Cinema by David Gillespie I now have an understanding of the film. It’s largely about the irreconcilability of Russia and the west, embodied in the film by Italy. It has other themes, but that’s the main one. However, understanding the film hasn’t changed my review. I still can’t recommend such an esoteric film. It really can only be enjoyed by Tarkovsky and his worshipers. For everyone else, I suggest checking out the extremely accessible Ivan’s Childhood (1962) or the psychologically charged science fiction film Solaris (1972). I can even recommend the nostalgic Mirror (1975) and the symbolically dense Stalker (1979). Skip this one and check out my other Tarkovsky recommendations.