Solaris is a Soviet film released in 1972 based on the novel of the same name written by Polish author Stanisław Lem. The film is a slow, thoughtful psychodrama set mostly on a space station. Another film inspired by the same novel was released in 2002 by the same name Solaris which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. The movie is a science fiction classic and what makes Solaris a good science fiction movie is its ability to use the setting of an imaginary world, without the known boundaries of time, space or gathering to access the deepest interior spaces of the human heart, soul and psyche.
Solaris adapted from the 1961 novel by Stanislaw Lem, is a lucid tale that takes place in the far galaxies of space to travel in to the inner space of the conscience. Solaris (1972) is about an astro-psychologist Kris Kelvin played Donatas Banionis who has been devoted to his career for years to "Solaristics," the study of the enigmatic planet Solaris. Since the death of his wife, he's been living with his son and parents in their country home. The first third of the film takes place on Earth showing the natural resources. Kelvin arrives to find Dr. Snauth (Juri Jarvet) and Dr. Sartorius (Anatoli Solonitsyn), the only crewmembers remaining on the station. A third, Dr. Gibaryan, an old friend of Kelvin's, is dead, and he has left a distressing message on videotape. The tape suggests the encounter with Solaris has something to do with the conscience.
Solaris is most definitely visually emotionally engaging, flattering, and intellectually motivating, the Solaris offers a screen experience that engages the brain and the soul. The 167-minute movie was considered to be a lot better than the 2002 version that was released. The movie has been released in a DVD print with subtitles and translation in other languages to revive the famous movie of its time.