You are all I see
For the beautiful and somber month of DecemberII decided to chose Solaris, hugely under appreciated and misunderstood movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film, based on brilliant and difficult novel by Stanisław Lem, focuses on just one part of the story - the love the protagonist Chris and his now deceased wife Rheya share.
Some time after Rheya commits suicide, Chris is called by his friend and asked to fly to mysterious ocean-like planet Solaris. The ship that was investigating the planet had some trouble on board and when Chris gets there he finds out the truth - some of the crew members were driven insane because the planet has the mysterious ability to duplicate their loved ones who died. During his first night on the ship, Chris wakes up next to Rheya. Though he gets rid of her first duplicate, when she comes back again he finds himself unable to let go of his love.
Solaris is a beautiful love story and stunning movie - the cinematography and Soderbergh's direction really came together in a form of otherworldly atmosphere and delicate, yet passionate tale of love lost and second chances. The film has an amazing music composed by Cliff Martinez (who scored last year's Drive) which only adds to the film's immense beauty. Both George Clooney and Natasha McElhone are perfectly cast and deliver great performances and the visuals of both the planet Solaris, bursting with colors, and Earth, swallowed by greys of the sky and rain, are unforgettable.
There aren't many movies out there that capture the strength of the miracle that is love - science fiction romances do it very often, as the characters in them are able to cross the conventional barriers of death and space and find themselves in unique and miraculous situations where the strength of their love can truly be experienced. Solaris is one of such remarkable films.
Review of the movie - HERE