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Alexander, a journalist and former actor and philosopher, tells his little son how worried he is about the lack of spirituality of modern mankind. In the night of his birthday, the third world war breaks out. In his despair Alexander turns himself in a prayer to God, offering him everything to have the war not happened at all. Run Time: 246 minutes Format: 1 disc, DVD Studio: Kino Video ISBN: 738329014926
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CastErland Josephson, Brian Cox, Susan Fleetwood, Andrei Tarkovsky, Tommy Kjellqvist
DirectorAndrei Tarkovsky, Michal Leszczylowski
Genre:  Foreign
Screen WriterAndrei Tarkovsky, Michal Leszczylowski
DVD Release Date:  March 7, 2000
Runtime:  246 minutes
Studio:  Kino Video
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review by . January 13, 2010
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On the morning of his birthday, Alexander takes his young son ("little man") for a walk and plants a tree. It is no ordinary tree, but a tall dried out sprawling limb, supported by stones. Alexander tells his son that a single act, repeated daily, can change the world, and tells him the story of a monk who brought a tree to life by his daily watering and devotion. Events that unfold later that evening, raising the specter of a nuclear holocaust, suggest the possibility there won't be time to carry …
review by . March 29, 2009
It may not sound like the best way to spend over two hours of your time, but "The Sacrifice," (famed Russian director Tarkovsky's last film) shoots his film to perfection. Drawing from the pensiveness of Bergman, Tarkovsky also vividly shows some shattering emotional scenes when a birthday celebration turns from mirth to terror as a household faces the spectre of what one can assume is possible nuclear annihilation from World War III. The acting is often superb and the intensity of some of the scenes …
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