you learned it from a pm i'd sent you and you were surprised to know that adult tarkovsky was so childlike in many ways. (-:
pnorbie, i just remembered that i had written a reply to your reaction to 'sacrifice' but never posted it, for some reason. i don't feel motivated to write it again now, but i just wanted to let you know your musings on the movie weren't ignored, and i'll keep them in mind next time i rewatch it. (i haven't watched tarkovsky's movies in a few years now, though i don't think a day has passed that i haven't though about them or haven't felt their presence and influence on my life)
i also wanted to say that there is a great deal of interesting literature coming out in russian about tarkovsky's work, the best of which, by far, is that of poet/philosopher nikolay boldyrev. i think that he is to tarkovsky what gould was to bach, if that makes sense, i.e., someone who is able match the original artist/genius both intellectually and spiritually, and, with courage and eloquence, (re)interpret his work with necessary jolt of life and relevance... and is probably genius himself...
all his work is available in text format online, though it is a shame that his books were published in absurdly miniscule numbers, aren't anywhere near as well-known and appreciated as they should be, and have yet to be translated to english or other languages (considering their relative obscurity, that doesn't seem like it will happen any time soon, or ever).
anyway, reading his stuff boggles me. i may try to translate and share some passages once in a while, as i work through them over the following months.
Nostalghia is the most humbling film I have ever seen. It is so totally foreign and other to me. It is totally ineffable to me and in a way that makes it the most important of Tarkovsky's films for me.
interesting that you say that.... could it possibly have something to do with the pascal reference...? it's also strange that you found it more ineffable than 'mirror', which would be my choice for a work that defies explanation more than any other, whereas i can talk about 'nostalghia' in rather concrete terms and i feel i understand the crux of it is and why i find it so relateable and relevant, at least in my case.