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Surreal - yet so real it scares you!!,
This review is from: The Sacrifice [DVD] (DVD)
This is maybe not Tarkovsky's magnum opus, but it still deserves five stars, because it is such a great film. Dedicating it to his son, Tarkovsky was diagnosed with cancer during the production, and it shows that this is his final opus.
It is filmed by the world's greatest film photographer ever, Sven Nyqvist, most famous for his work in Bergmans films. And the filming, lighting, scenography and uneasy, almost frightening mood created by these are truly excellent (especially the final scene).
Swedish Actor Erland Josephson plays Alexander, a journalist who has moved from the big city. He lives in his dream house with his family. Victor, a friend of the family and a doctor, and Otto the local mailman, and a very Nietzschean character, are there to celebrate Alexanders birthday. One of the maids, Julia, is also present. During the evening, terrible news of the outbreak of the third world war reach them.
The Sacrifice is really about self sacrifice in the interest of the community, and is therefore a film about Christian ideals as are his former film, Nostalghia.
Central in the film, and the original story (the apocalyptic scenario was added later) was a more pagan idea, which he called "the Witch".