To what Ingmar Bergman’s Persona did to Bergman’s career can be considered uniform to what Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror did to Tarkovsky’s career. Acting out as a more impenetrable theory thesis than most other smug, scientific conceptions of time, Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (or just “Mirror”) is a narrative ignition of tampered memories and is a far more experimental piece than anything Tarkovsky has crafted with his crew.
In a comical manner—try not to get offended when I utter this— this is almost like the Russian version of Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump, except, it’s executed like Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York? And it’s spooky. It’s a LOT to take in. I’m sure like with all of Tarkovsky’s work I’ve seen so far, this film will only get better with…time…
“The Mirror” is now available to rent and buy on Vudu and The Criterion Channel.