Synopsis: Dr. Gibarian, part of a team at a space station studying Solaris, makes an urgent and self-described bizarre video request to his friend, civilian psychiatrist Dr. Chris Kelvin, to come to the station to deal with an unspecified phenomenon aboard, that phenomenon with which Chris' experience and background may be able to explain and solve. Chris learns that his trip is sanctioned by the space program as a security force had been sent to the station to investigate, that security team which is now missing. When Chris arrives at the station, he finds only two surviving team members, Drs. Gordon and Snow (Dr. Gibarian committed suicide), who are both acting nervously. Chris also finds two unexpected people there, the first, who Chris only sees fleetingly, being Dr. Gibarian's adolescent son Michael, and the second being Chris' deceased wife, Rheya. Chris and Rheya had a passionate relationship in all its good and bad before she committed suicide. Apparently, these appearances of loved ones
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Production: 20th Century Fox
  2 wins & 11 nominations.
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99 min

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Chris, what is it?

I love you so much.

Don't you love me any more?

I've made progress,

and I recognise that.

But my wife, who I can't

even convince to come here...

Anything can set her off.

It could be the phone ringing,

something on the news,

something online, going shopping maybe.

A commemorative T-shirt in the window.

Itjust puts her right back in that place,

and it's like all my progress - ripped away.

And I'm right back there with her.

I feel totally the opposite. I see the TV

and I see the Internet and I see those T-shirts

and I feel nothing. The more I see the images,

the less I feel, the less I believe that it's real.

I mean, I think I'm supposed to feel

something by now. Don't you think so?

Linda, this is Chris Kelvin.

I'm returning your call.

I have two times available this week;

or 6.15pm on Thursday.

You can leave a message if either

of those times are good for you. Thank you.

Well, I know that's not true.

Because I know you, and I know it's not true.

Good. I'm glad.

All right.

Let's pick this up on Wednesday.

Can I help you?

We're looking for Dr Chris Kelvin.


I can't imagine what you must be

thinking, getting a message like this.

I apologise if it seems melodramatic, but

you are the only person I can... I can trust...

in the situation.

I need your help.

I need you to come to Solaris, Chris.

I don't know how to describe

what we are experiencing up here.

We can't even agree amongst ourselves

what is... what is happening, or...

what to do about it.

I suppose the... the most obvious

solution would be to leave.

But none of us want to. That's why

you're getting this... this bizarre request.


I told the crew that your

background and experiences

made you the...

the ideal candidate for this job.

Don't worry. I didn't elaborate.

But it's true.

So, anyway...

I, uh... I hope you will come to Solaris, Chris.

I-I think you need to.

You will see what I mean.

I wish I could be more specific

about all of this, but... you know.

People are listening.

You can imagine the distress

Dr Gibarian's message caused at DBA.

Why not send in the security force?

We did. We lost contact

as they were approaching Solaris.

They haven't returned.

There must be some

sort of on-board Al system.

They shut it down.

The company was hoping to solve

this problem without involving a civilian.

Obviously these are extreme circumstances.

Some preparation is involved

but you shouldn't have any trouble.

The flight itself is fully automated.

You'll be asleep most of the trip.

We feel confident that if you board

the ship, you can negotiate their safe return.

Is that what everybody wants?

Of course.

Find the probability of F.

OK, stop. Go back.


Kelvin, is it?


Kelvin. Right. Oh, man.

Sorry about that, Kelvin.

Names, you know, just...

For some reason. It, uh...

Yeah. Uh...

Well, uh, you wanna come in?

I'm fine.

Whose blood is that, leading to the lab?

Yeah. Blood.

How 'bout that?


He, um... Yeah.

Security forces showed up

and he just took off, and they...

Yeah. Put a hole in his pot.

What happened to Gibarian?


It was a suicide.

Who found him?

I found him.

What happened to Rhys?

Yeah, now, Rhys w... Huh.

We don't know, because the thing is,

he kind of... disappeared.

- Disappeared?

- Disappeared.

- How did he disappear?

- Exactly.

Don't know. We do know

that he's not on the ship, uh,

and that's... that's all we know.

Where's Dr Gordon?

Dr Gordon. She is in her room,

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Steven Soderbergh

Steven Andrew Soderbergh (/ˈsoʊdərbɜːrɡ/; born January 14, 1963) is an American film producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. His indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and became a worldwide commercial success, making the then-26-year-old Soderbergh the youngest director to win the festival's top award. more…

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