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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
3,762
Favs
476
Dislikes
20
Favs/checks
12.7% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
24:1
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  1. 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.
    4 years 7 months ago
  2. 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.
    2 years 10 months ago
  3. ansver's avatar

    ansver

    Tarkovsky's first feature movie, quite a poetic anti war one. 5 years 7 months ago
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