Stalker (1979)

Stalker (1979)

Stalker (1979)

Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape. Cannes prize-winner.

"Twenty years ago a falling object decimated a provincial Russian town, and those who later went near the crash site—now known as The Zone—disappeared. Access is strictly prohibited, but outsiders can still get in with the help of a “stalker.” Inside The Zone is The Room, within which secret wishes can be granted. Based on the novel Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers, Stalker is a visually extraordinary and philosophically provocative fable about the limits of knowledge—personal, scientific, and spiritual." (Film Society Lincoln Center)

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Tarkovsky), 1980 Cannes Film Festival
1979Rating: G163 minsSoviet UnionRussian with English subtitles
DramaScience FictionWorld Cinema

Reviews & comments

Total Film

Total Film

press

Andrei Tarkovsky's epic inquiry into freedom and faith presents an arduous journey for the spectator, but conjures up its own mystical universe with majestic conviction.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Tarkovsky conjures images like you've never seen before; and as a journey to the heart of darkness, it's a good deal more persuasive than Coppola's.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Tarkovsky realises the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Stalker, a sombre futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A vast prose-poem on celluloid whose forms and ideas were to be borrowed by moviemakers like Lynch and Spielberg.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Seminal feature from Tarkovsky, the master of atmosphere and multi-functional allegory is truly affecting, as well as fodder for countless film studies curricula.

4.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Andrei Tarkovsky's epic inquiry into freedom and faith presents an arduous journey for the spectator, but conjures up its own mystical universe with majestic conviction.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Tarkovsky conjures images like you've never seen before; and as a journey to the heart of darkness, it's a good deal more persuasive than Coppola's.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Tarkovsky realises the allegorical tale with an overwhelming density of visual detail...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Stalker, a sombre futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A vast prose-poem on celluloid whose forms and ideas were to be borrowed by moviemakers like Lynch and Spielberg.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Seminal feature from Tarkovsky, the master of atmosphere and multi-functional allegory is truly affecting, as well as fodder for countless film studies curricula.

4.0