Watch Nostalghia

  • NR
  • 1983
  • 2 hr 5 min
  • 7.9  (29,706)

Nostalghia is a 1983 film directed by the legendary Andrei Tarkovsky, widely considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The movie stars Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, and Domiziana Giordano in the leading roles, and it explores the theme of nostalgia and the human condition. The plot of the film revolves around the character of Andrei, a Russian writer traveling through Italy to research the life and work of a 18th-century composer named Pavel Sosnovsky, who lived in Italy for some time. While in Italy, Andrei meets a local translator named Eugenia (Domiziana Giordano) who is tasked with translating Andrei's book, and a strange man named Domenico (Erland Josephson) who claims to have supernatural abilities.

As the story progresses, Andrei becomes increasingly isolated and overwhelmed by the memories of his childhood and homeland, leading him to question the meaning of existence, faith, and love. Domenico, who becomes a sort of spiritual guide to Andrei, challenges him to walk across a pool of water with a lit candle, a seemingly impossible task that represents the spiritual journey of life, and forces Andrei to confront his inner turmoil.

The film's central themes of nostalgia and the search for meaning have deep roots in Russian literature and philosophy, and Tarkovsky draws on these traditions to create a richly symbolic and highly personal work of art. His long, slow-tracking shots, and masterful use of light and sound, create an immersive experience for the viewer, drawing them into Andrei's world and the questions he is struggling to answer.

The film is divided into three distinct parts, each exploring different aspects of Andrei's journey. The first part takes place in Italy, where Andrei is confronted with the physical beauty of the world, but also the emptiness and superficiality that he finds there. The second part takes place in a dilapidated spa in rural Italy, where Andrei meets Domenico and confronts the spiritual and emotional challenges of his inner journey. The third and final part takes place in Russia, where Andrei returns to his childhood home and reunites with his family, a bittersweet and emotionally charged experience that brings all the themes of the film to a head.

Nostalghia is a challenging and deeply rewarding film that rewards careful viewing and contemplation. It is a poetic masterpiece that explores the most profound questions of human existence and reveals the power of cinema to transcend language and culture, and connect us all on a deeper level.

Nostalghia is a 1983 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 5 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.9.

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    7.9  (29,706)