A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director:

Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

Writers:

Stanislaw Lem (novel) (as Stanislav Lem), Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay) (as F. Gorenshteyn) | 1 more credit »
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Natalya Bondarchuk ... Hari Kelvin
Donatas Banionis ... Kris Kelvin
Jüri Järvet ... Doctor Snaut - Cyberneticist (as Yuri Yarvet)
Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy ... Anri Burton - Pilot
Nikolay Grinko ... Nik Kelvin - Kris' Father
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Doctor Sartorius - Astrobiologist
Olga Barnet ... Kris' Mother (as O. Barnet)
Vitalik Kerdimun Vitalik Kerdimun ... Anri Burton's Son (as V. Kerdimun)
Olga Kizilova ... Doctor Gibarian's Guest (as O. Kizilova)
Tatyana Malykh Tatyana Malykh ... Kris' Niece (as T. Malykh)
Aleksandr Misharin Aleksandr Misharin ... Shanakhan - Burton Commission Chairman (as A. Misharin)
Bagrat Oganesyan Bagrat Oganesyan ... Professor Tarkhe (as B. Oganesyan)
Tamara Ogorodnikova Tamara Ogorodnikova ... Anna - Kris' Aunt (as T. Ogorodnikova)
Sos Sargsyan ... Doctor Gibarian - Physiologist (as S. Sarkisyan)
Yulian Semyonov Yulian Semyonov ... Scientific Conference Chairman (as Yu. Semyonov)
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Storyline

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence. Written by Dan Ellis

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Let us take you with us to Solaris, planet of mystery, embodiment of man's latent conflict with the unknown. Man, face to face with his conscience, and with his past.

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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This film is in the Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films on Letterboxd. See more »

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During Snaut's birthday party, Chris falls to his knees in front of Khari. The camera clearly shows she is barefoot. In the following long shot, she is wearing shoes. See more »

Quotes

Professor Messendzher: What we're talking about is far more serious than just the study of Solaristics. We're talking about the boundaries of human knowledge. Don't you think that by establishing artificial barriers we deliver a blow to the idea of limitless thought? By limiting our movement forward, we facilitate moving backwards.
Anri Berton, pilot: I nevertheless repeat my question. What do you mean by saying the report of my observations in almost no way corresponds with reality? I saw everything with my own eyes. What do you mean by...
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Alternate Versions

Film was cut by its US distributor to 132 mins and released at that length in 1976. In 1990, the director's cut was released in America by Kino International. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Prelude and Fugue in F minor - BWV 881
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (as I. S. Bakh)
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A gem of sci-fi & much more...
5 October 2004 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

Haven't seen any other Tarkofsky. I hear that this is the film he is least fond of. I intend to see more of him.

As some other reviewer said, I had the feeling through the first one hour or so that some scenes went on for too long, or seemed a bit unnecessary and that it was too slow for the message to clearly be presented. But after a while, the slow pacing DID have a positive impact on the context of the film and on the "dialogue" between the film and the viewer. Anyway, after its plain & simple beginning, when the "action" is taken to the space station things get more and more interesting. No spoon-feeding here, as well. If you want all the mysteries in a film to be solved and explained, then you might not wanna see this, because the film is up to the viewer to think and dive in deep. Anyway, it ended up satisfying and leaving one in thoughts.

I am so glad I got to see this fabulous thoughtful movie. It's full of nice visuals and context. A recommendation to all who are fed up with Hollywood crap - but even Hollywood geeks could find many in this, if they can tolerate with the slow pace...


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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

26 September 1972 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Solaris See more »

Filming Locations:

Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

RUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,537, 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$22,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,788
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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