once again, one of those situations where I feel like a plebeian idiot. I am so
confused having watched “Mirror” and I have very little idea what it is I have
just been watching. There was some extra material to the movie including a scholar
analyzing the movie and I got just as little from that. Clearly, I am an idiot
and not at all the target audience.
going on here? Well, the structure of the movie is a stream of consciousness rather
than a plot. In fact, there is no plot as far as I can tell. We get a number of
settings spread out in time and often we are reverting to those settings. Some
are fairly easy to place, there is something in the thirties or forties taking
place in rural Russia and some “modern” (1970’ies) scenes, presumably in Moscow.
Some scenes are dream sequences identified as such by being in black and white
and some scenes I just cannot place: dream or reality? Present or past? It is
not helping that the same actors seem to have multiple roles and there is a strange
blur in time.
I also got
that Tarkovsky plays a significant role in the movie. Sometimes we see things
from his point of view as if all this is taking place in the mind of Tarkovsky
himself. Following that thought, the child in the “past” sequences is likely
himself and the woman his mother, who incidentally is also his wife in present
time. There is also a boy, Ignat, in the present scenes with an uncertain
dominant feature is the pervading sense of gloom. The score is beautiful and
range from funeral music to grand, melancholic drama, always with a slant of
sadness. It is the most accessible element of the movie and the one thing I
liked about it. Whether it is a personal doom, a memory of loss or something larger
I do not know, but if this is somehow meant to describe Russia, I am starting
to understand why they need a lot of vodka.
This is as
much as I can describe this movie. As I have already indicated I have no idea
what is going on, so I suspect that it is a movie that require an analysis, to
have a key to unlock it. That is sometimes fun, but in this case it is as if
the movie is trying to avoid my attention. I am constantly drawn away rather
than into the movie. I am simply not interested enough to make that extra effort
to understand it and as a result it becomes just random, incoherent pictures.
places me in the group on plebeian idiots and not among movie scholars. “Sight
and Sound” rank it as the 9th greatest movie of all time, and it has
a 9.2 score on Rotten Tomatoes. Apparently, this is a really great movie. Well,
maybe I like my movies just a tad more accessible.