Andrei Tarkovsky's prize-winning debut feature is an extraordinaryly moving and powerful story of war and revenge. Determined to avenge his family's death at the hands of the Nazis 12 year old Ivan joins a Russian partisan regiment as a scout where he becomes indispensable for his ability to slip unnoticed through enemy lines. But as his missions become increasingly dangerous it is decided that he must be removed from the front line. Ivan resists and convinces his commanding offic
This was my introduction to the work of Tarkovsky, a stunning film debut, a bona-fide masterpiece. Visually beautiful, with some incredibly haunting and dreamlike scenes across war-torn wastelands and flare-lit swamps. The war is never presented directly, just heard as an ever-present threat and seen only in its aftermath. The film is surprisingly pacy and accessible, with the directors name seemingly a byword for extremely long and impenatrable films (I am yet to see any of his later work). Definitely worth a watch for anyone interested in checking out more 'arty' cinema for the first time.
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