“Stalker” – Nathan’s Movie Challenge, Week 3

Nathan Chase

Nathan Chase is a co-founder and the designer of Flickchart. He's also a multimedia designer & developer living in central Florida, an online culture and social networking enthusiast, a proud father, an avid PC gamer, an incessant movie watcher, known for an eclectic musical taste, and often writing and performing music - on the drums, guitar, piano, or computer. You can find Nathan on Flickchart as Zampa, and email him at nathan@flickchart.com.

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  1. I’m a big fan of Stalker, but it most definitely not for everyone. I love slow eastern European art films, and it’s slow even for me. Chalk that up to it being Russian. Every Russian film I’ve seen is talk talk talk talk misery and more talk.

    I was similarly let down by Stalker’s ending as well. Then I watched it a second time with the understanding that the whole thing is really just one gigantic religious allegory. The Stalker is basically a “man of god” who is awestruck by the profundity of God and is compelled to share it, despite the toll his lifestyle takes on him and his family. The Writer and the Professor are curious about what the Stalker has to offer, but they can sense that to get something from The Room (i.e. God) would require them to give something of themselves to it as well. This is too much for them, so in the end they deny it. The Stalker despairs that nobody will listen.

    Prepared to accept the whole thing as a metaphor, and knowing in advance that the ending is an anticlimax, I found it a much more satisfying film.