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Ivan's Childhood
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Ivan's Childhood

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When Nazi invaders destroy his Russian village and kill his family, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. 
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Independent (UK)
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May 19, 2016

Tarkovsky pays full attention to the squalor and pity of war but never loses his sense of poetry.
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Cinemaphile.org
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February 01, 2016

It was the caveat of the profound possibilities of eastern cinema, effectively heralding the discovery of one of the most perceptive minds to ever stand behind a movie camera.
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Los Angeles Times
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August 04, 2015

While the emotional weight of Ivan is clear from the first frames -- Tarkovsky doesn't stray from making us feel the pain of Ivan's world -- there is that sense of music the director is so intent on conveying.
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Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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August 01, 2012

It feels stylistically as fresh as if it had been made yesterday -- even to some very striking use of handheld camerawork. It's really something of a masterpiece.
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The Arts Desk
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May 25, 2016

The work in which the remarkable nature of [Tarkovsky's] talent first shone through.
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TIME Magazine
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August 04, 2015

Director Andrei Tarkovsky has mixed daring with poetry in making this film: he shows the Soviet hero as an individual troubled with the doubts and complexities of other humans.
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Flick Filosopher
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May 21, 2016

[A] subdued depiction of warfare as mostly a lot of waiting around for brief explosive action... The orphan kid - who several times describes himself as 'jittery' - is a more openly shell-shocked version of all the adults around him.
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New York Times

May 09, 2005

Beauty, poetry and sadness are certainly lodged in its brief dramatic span, to be seized and embraced by anybody who will give a compassionate mind to it.
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Guardian
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May 19, 2016

Unmissable.
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Time Out
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May 16, 2016

No other director is simultaneously so precise and so otherworldly.
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Scene-Stealers.com
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March 11, 2013

Pairing [poetic] images with fragmented characters and Ivan's single-minded desire to get back in the fray, the result is disturbing and affecting.
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