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A.k.a.
Ivan's Childhood
Year
1962
Runtime
95 min.
Director
Andrei Tarkovsky
Genres
Drama, War
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
16,355
Checks
4,268
Favs
541
Dislikes
26
Favs/checks
12.7% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
21:1
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  1. Lumen's avatar

    Lumen

    Very accessible by Tarkovsky standards. Strong acting, catching story, and some very simple and strong cinematic effects. The ending is so well done.
    So many symbols, such a well created atmosphere, the film never really settles, but always remains floating in a corner of my mind.
    5 years 8 months ago
  2. NourNasreldin's avatar

    NourNasreldin

    The film stars a young boy named Ivan who has been ripped of all kinds of innocence that one might find in a child his age. Ivan works with the army, helping them with taking out dangerous and suicidal missions. The film is loaded with symbols and metaphors with an overall mood of sadness yet; one might find it very poetic.

    In watching Ivanovo Detstvo, one finds himself somehow indulged in the content of the film without a logical reason, sometimes not understanding what’s going on at all. I personally found the overall story disturbing and yet, it cannot be considered just another war film. You can definitely feel there’s a lot lying beneath that. Ivan’s own personality is a mystery that doesn’t unfold throughout the film. You find yourself witnessing a child who has taken a path that is not meant for children without ever knowing why.
    7 years 5 months ago
  3. locovoco's avatar

    locovoco

    Poor Ivan never gets anything...it's always Masha, Masha, Masha!

    This is one of those rare films, and by no means am I saying this is a bad movie-quite the opposite, that I almost wish I could stop the motion of the picture. Meaning, take each individual scene like a painting and hang them up in a museum next to each other and just study them for awhile to truly grasp the beauty of what I just witnessed-each scene felt like a meticulously crafted charcoal still....
    5 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #14 in Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion
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  2. This movie ranks #33 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #37 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  4. This movie ranks #45 in Empire Russia's 100 Best Russian Films: Readers' Choice
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  5. This movie ranks #46 in IMDb's War Top 50
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  6. This movie ranks #58 in Russian Guild of Film Critics's Best Russian Films
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  7. This movie ranks #77 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
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  8. This movie ranks #247 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  9. This movie ranks #249 in FOK!'s Film Top 250
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  10. This movie ranks #277 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  11. This movie ranks #422 in The Criterion Collection
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  12. This movie ranks #428 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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