November 28, 2002

Solaris

Exorcising is good for you

A word on Solaris

A film about a man so emotionally self-centered the only people who ever come into focus (literally) for him consist of himself, his wife, and, occasionally, people directly addressing him in conversation. This cinematic presentation of the myopic cloud most people exist in (we aren't all Leonardo da Vinci, making fascinated sketches from memory of every human variation he encountered) also scores major points for not taking place in a lily-white aryan universe (the background/extras casting), and for overcoming the potential to be yet-another-story about "woman" as object of lust/loss.

Comparisons with 2001: A Space Odyssey are inevitable; Solaris has the same trippy, 1960s, art-house feel (but don't let that scare you away from it).

My outside food wasn't really outside food, since the theatre serves drinks and meals. I had a turkey sandwich and fries, and a glass of sangria that made a heavy-handed image toward the end of the film much more palatable.

Posted by OutsideFood at November 28, 2002 12:00 PM

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