The Sacrifice (1986)

PG   |    |  Drama

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At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.




  • Guðrún Gísladóttir in The Sacrifice (1986)
  • Allan Edwall in The Sacrifice (1986)
  • Susan Fleetwood in The Sacrifice (1986)
  • Andrei Tarkovsky and Sven Nykvist in The Sacrifice (1986)
  • Valérie Mairesse in The Sacrifice (1986)
  • Valérie Mairesse in The Sacrifice (1986)

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1 December 2001 | clard11
Slow but satisfying.
Quite possibly my favourite film. Quite why I'm not always sure -- perhaps this is really a rather pretentious film ? Perhaps one in which a long time is spent without engaging the audience ? One with perhaps the most unlikely postman one might meet outside of a Bergman film set ? But, from the moment the camera opens lovingly on the icon, to the closing as the ambulance drives away, I find myself captivated, and drawn back to watch again. As with Tarkovsky's other films, certain images linger long in the memory:"little man" watering the ikebana, the levitating witch, the crashing milk jug, the roar of the jets. For those of us cursed with a lifetime of weekly wage slavery this is a fine restorative film for the spirit.

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Release Date:

9 May 1986


Icelandic, Swedish, French, English

Country of Origin

Sweden, France, UK

Filming Locations

Tunnelgatan, Norrmalm, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,696 22 October 2017

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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