This is a bit like those paintings hung in galleries that are attributed to “Follower of Rembrandt,” “Follower of Bosch," etc. Oftentimes these followers show themselves to possess technical skill rivaling that of their masters. They tend also to dwell, with their art, in the same thematic and aesthetic territories their teachers were known to frequent, though they may go about reaching these places rather differently. Such is the case for A Visitor to a Museum, which could be advertised on a theater marquis with a subtitle beneath it reading, “directed by follower of Tarkovsky.”
Lopushansky worked with Tarkovsky on Stalker, so the subtitle is accurate. The film itself, however, suggests that Lopushansky did not learn as much from his master as he might have. It sets itself up to be a masterpiece of Russian science fiction only to devolve into aimless hysterics somewhere around the halfway mark—and it never quite recovers. The good parts are very good, though.