Solaris (1972)

What a unique film that stays with you.

No Fixed Plans

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris presented a completely different kind of science fiction. It doesn’t center on the battle of good vs. evil as usual sci-fi fare does. Instead it’s a psychological drama like no other I’ve seen. It is bizarre and breaks the sci-fi mold. It breaks all molds I know of.

First off there’s a lot of time spent on earth as astro-psychologist Kris Kelvin prepares to leave for the planet Solaris where the crew of this space ship are experiencing mysterious troubles. Kris visits his father’s summer house, located in an Arcadia. Here Kris has visions of his mother and some other woman, who turns out to be his dead wife Hari, An earlier scientist who was on Solaris and knows the secrets of the project comes and tries to warn Kris that there’s a lot of bizarre stuff going on so he should be cautious if…

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4 thoughts on “Solaris (1972)

  1. I think that Solaris’ main message was about our most basic human needs for closure, healing and reconciliation. How it should come about is where Solaris really makes us think as an audience. I look back on the most pivotally different sci-fi movie classics of the last century, like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner and Gattaca, and I can always recommend Solaris for being one of them and quite rewardingly so.

      1. I discovered the original Solaris on Turner Classic Movies some time after first seeing the 2002 remake. So I’m sure that its fans will still increase in time as it can for many pivotal movie classics.

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