DVD - 2011 | Swedish
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Offret: Alexander's birthday party is interrupted by news that World War III has begun and mankind is hours away from annihilation. To avoid war, Alexander promises to God that he'll sacrifice all he has, even his son.

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Apr 20, 2017

Andrei Tarkovksy's final film, completed from his death bed as he died from lung cancer, is perhaps his most philosophically complex, and shows him at the height of his powers as a filmmaker. With cinematographer Sven Nykvist, the Ingmar Bergman favorite, Tarkovsky created some remarkably subtle and beautiful and provocative imagery, that cannot help but unsettle the viewer, and raise questions about the relative merits of intellect and conviction, of individuality and community, of realism and superstition. Like his previous two films, Stalker and Nostalghia, the film focuses on a troubled individual at the crossroads, doubting the moral validity of his life, and then faced with a choice to either act upon faith, where the task appears outwardly absurd but may make all the difference, or to refuse and rest secure in doubt and uncertainty.

Marinetti Sep 11, 2016

THE SACRIFICE is a true work of art. It is probably the most beautiful film by the cinematic poet Andrey Tarkovsky. It is also the most accessible among his works: unlike his films prior to this one, the plot of THE SACRIFICE itself is quite simple and easy to catch. A retired actor- journalist-author (some kind of an intellectual superman) hero living in a beautiful sea-shore house suddenly faces the end of the world: a nuclear war. What can he do to stop it? He prays to God, he who never believed in God before, and offers himself to be the sacrifice for saving the world as he knows, a world which for the first time, he realises how much he loves it.

Sep 01, 2016

One of Tarkovsky's later films- still excellent and profoundly moving- this film contains more of an overt Bergman influence than his other films.

Aug 31, 2016

This is a 1986 Swedish drama directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
It centers on a middle-aged intellectual who attempts to bargain with God to stop an impending nuclear holocaust.
It is like a slow-paced philosopher's monologue.
The film doesn't grip my attention during the first 30 minutes.
It is NOT definitely my cup of tea.

Feb 28, 2015

A very well written, very slow (the last 45 minutes drag), and rather uncanny film.

May 08, 2014

Somehow I was just too jaded to enjoy or be surprised by this movie. This (over exposedness) is what causes you to notice small details like how Loving Grandpa was so caught up with himself that he didn't notice his grandson wandered away (hm....).

tkwu21 Mar 06, 2014

what a beautiful piece that brings both disturbance and tranquility to the viewers.


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