Rent The Sacrifice (1986)

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2h 22min
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Synopsis:
During the final hours before a nuclear war threatens to wipe out humanity, Alexander, surrounded by his family and friends as they descend into fear and turmoil, makes a deal with God: he will sacrifice all he holds dear to avoid the impending apocalypse. Tarkovsky's final film, 'The Sacrifice' is a visually breathtaking meditation on existential terror and a melancholic swansong from one of cinema's true auteurs.
Actors:
, , , , , , Filippa Franzén, Tommy Kjellqvist, Per Källman, Tommy Nordahl
Directors:
Producers:
Anna-Lena Wibom
Voiced By:
Tintin Anderzon, Helena Brodin, Birgit Carlstén, Jane Friedmann, Martin Lindström, Jan-Olof Strandberg
Writers:
Andrey Tarkovskiy
Others:
Andrei Tarkovsky
Aka:
Offret
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Sweden, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1988 BAFTA Best Foreign Film

1986 Cannes Grand Prize

1986 Cannes Best Artistic Contribution

BBFC:
Release Date:
28/10/2002
Run Time:
142 minutes
Languages:
Swedish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Michal Leszczylowski's documentary 'Directed By Andrei Tarkovsky'
  • Filmographies
  • Production Notes
  • Stills Gallery
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/10/2016
Run Time:
148 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Swedish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Video Essay 'Poetic Harmony'
  • Audio Commentary with Author and Translator Layla Alexander-Garrett and James King from Curzon Artificial Eye
  • Andrei Tarkovsky's Metaphysical Dream Zone: Selected Scene Commentary by Psychoanalyst Mary Wild
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features

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Reviews (1) of The Sacrifice

Tarkovskys darkest film - The Sacrifice review by Oli

Spoiler Alert
18/02/2018

I'll begin this by saying it's Tarkovskys darkest film I've seen, but also equally as beautiful as a film like The Mirror or Stalker, Solaris. We meet Alexander who is planting a tree and relaxing with his son, we then meet the postman called Otto who is a dear friend of Alexanders. What ensues is a lot of vast cinema, we hear hints from Alexanders family that he isn't okay in the head. Then Alexander receives a gift that's mailed to him, we hear hints about his life as an actor etc. we then hear the first mentions of the word Sacrifice and how the gift acts as a sacrifice.

What follows is all out nuclear war and there is a lot of drama where I think the film lost it's touch really, but it does regain it towards the end and some of the final scenes are up there with anything Tarkovskys ever done, so all in all it's certainly worth a watch. If you're going to though I'd recommend you'd watch Solaris/Stalker first, then Mirror, Andrei Rublev, Ivans Childhood and then this one and Nostalgia just to get a general idea of his filmmaking approaches etc.

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