Watched Mirror again over Christmas, the purest of cinema-as-poetry. Difficult but immensely rewarding. One of the greatest poetic and sensual filmmakers in history. The first time I saw a Tarkovsky film it annihilated my view of the Soviet Union. I was shocked that this kind of deeply Christian, spiritual and poetic filmmaking could come from what I believed was a cold, dead, soulless, spiritually empty place.