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The Return(Возвращение)

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Russia · 2003
1h 50m
Director Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring Vladimir Garin, Konstantin Lavronenko, Nataliya Vdovina, Ivan Dobronravov
Genre Drama

A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.

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With exceptional performances and extraordinary imagery, Zvyagintsev has fashioned a remarkable first feature.


The New York Times by Dave Kehr

At once highly naturalistic and dreamily abstract, playing out its mythic themes through vibrantly detailed characterizations (and remarkable performances by the entire cast). The Return announces the arrival of a major new talent.


Variety by Deborah Young

Constructed like an eerie, metaphorical thriller, this tense, riveting character study offers viewers nearly two hours of emotions with a stunning pay-off no one will be expecting.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by Peter Rainer

The hurt and rage flying back and forth have primal power, like Russian-flavored Eugene O'Neill. It's rare for a movie to work as effectively as this one does on such parallel tracks.


The New Republic by Stanley Kauffmann

Still, it never quite realizes the oneiric quality because, paradoxically, of its best achievement--the performances of the two boys. They are vital, insistent. Their beings contradict the dreaminess and make us ask the questions mentioned above.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov are amazingly natural as the boys, and Konstantin Lavronenko impresses as the taciturn father.

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