Tarkovsky’s Solaris is now celebrating its 50th anniversary and must be said to be one of the best sci-fi films ever. However, it is really not an action film, but a film about the human being. With its 2 hours and 47 minutes, Solaris has many long scenes, but they are scenes where you get time to think and reflect. Thirty years later (2002), director Steven Soderbergh made a remake of the film.
A psychologist is sent to a space station in orbit around a distant planet, to try to find out why the rest of the crew on the station have gone mad. To his great surprise, he is met by his own wife, who has been dead for ten years. A milestone in both science fiction and film history, and the film that definitely put Tarkovsky on the world map. Winner of both the Jury and Critics’ Prizes at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.
– Stig Eriksson