Based on the novel of the same name, this Russian film, co-written and directed by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, follows a psychologist who is sent to visit a space station orbiting the planet Solaris after some concerning and unexplained phenomena are observed there. Critically acclaimed at its initial release, it received the Grand Jury Prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. The film is more a meditation on feelings, like German Expressionism, rather than the plot-driven narratives that are typically preferred by American audiences. But if the viewer gives him or herself over to its rhythms, it can be a moving and transcendental viewing experience.
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