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The Return (2003)

Cast: Ivan Dobronravov, Ivan Dobronravov, Vladimir Garin, more...
Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Russia, Coming of Age , Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: Russian
Subtitles: English
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Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev makes his feature-film debut with the bleak psychological drama Vozvrashchenie (The Return). Younger brother Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) and older brother Andrei (Vladimir Garin) live in a small town with their mother (Natalya Vdovina). One summer, the brothers are surprised by the arrival of their long-lost absent father (Konstantin Lavronenko). Although the boys only know him from an old photograph, he still orders them to accompany him on a fishing trip. The stern father then puts his two sons through a series of endurance tests. Doting Andrei is quick to cooperate, while stubborn Ivan is more reluctant to trust him. Ivan wants to know where he's been and what he's up to. After they travel by boat to a deserted island, the father gets even more mysterious. The Return won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2003. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Fishing with (and for) Dad by talltale October 20, 2004 - 7:11 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
THE RETURN, a Russian film, is an interesting--though flat--story of two young brothers whose father returns, unannounced, after a 12-year absence. Mini-bonding begins, with very little knowledge on the part of the boys (or us viewers) about who Dad is and where he's been for more than a decade. Some critics have found depth and metaphor here. For me, this was just a (bit too) simple story, filmed quietly and with beauty, which offered interest and some emotional heft throughout, but left me relatively unaffected. The performances of the two boys are quite good; Dad remains a cipher, as was evidently intended. Your move.

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