• 2003
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur

This truncated, but still very effective, new version of the novel by Stanislaw Lem demonstrates the enormous versatility of Steven Soderbergh. His screenplay compresses the first hour of Tarkovsky's 1972 film into ten minutes, sending psychologist Kelvin (George Clooney in tremendous form) off to the troubled space station orbiting the planet of the title early on. Here, he is affected by a debilitating neurosis, as his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) - who committed suicide years before - appears, and is as real as Kelvin himself. It amounts to one of the most thought-provoking and moving films of the year.

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