Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Natasha Abramova
Andrei Tarkovsky's movies aren't for everybody; hell, we're not exactly sure who they're for other than cinema buffs who can appreciate arthouse flicks. But, if given the chance, the Russian writer-director's existential works are incredibly rewarding, assuming you're willing to think for nearly three hours at a time and not be spoon-fed the meanings of metaphorical imagery. If not, films like Stalker will most likely thrill you about as much as the sight of growing grass.
Those who submit to Stalker's slow pace, muted sound design, and dreamlike imagery, however, will take part in some strenuous mental aerobics. Based on the novel Picnic By The Roadside, written by brothers Boris and Arkady Sturgatsky, Tarkovsky's absorbing character study follows the titular "stalker," a guide of sorts who leads people into a secluded room that's said to turn dreams into reality. But don't expect dream sequences full of visual effects; to present the flick's alternate reality, Tarkovsky uses various color schemes and editing tricks.
Yeah, Stalker is that kind of movie, one you'll either lose yourself in and think about for days after, or turn off ten minutes in to re-watch an old Chris Farley movie.