It's truly a masterpiece, as it was "The Return". It's a pity it has been so massively overlooked by the critics, it should have received more prizes. It's beautifully directed and the plot is not at all thinly constructed; there's more to it than what we are shown. Even if its length can be off-putting for some, "The Banishment" holds us captive from beginning until the end. It left me with a desire to replay it.
The other sex represents the locus of the fault, of imperfection, of the unheard, of the unfulfilled. This fault can only be named by the other. More precisely there are two interpretations of Zvyagintsev's The Banishment: that which corresponds to the failed fulfillment of one's sex, to the failure to become the ideal of one's genus-- and that which is defined in relation to the ideal of the other genus. ↓read more↓
While Zvyagintsev, owner of a remarkably subtle and pleasuring directing style, takes his time in setting the mood and tone of the film, the story is so minimally told and gives so little to the viewer to work with other than grand images of the Russian countryside and a few glancing details, that by the time his reworkings of time and meaning come to take place, their significance proves diminished and even obsolete
L'unica cosa memorabile di questo film, è la splendida colonna sonora di Arvo Part. Per il resto, abbastanza piatto e senza particolari evoluzioni. Elena l'ho trovato leggermente migliore.
The only memorable thing about this film is the wonderful soundtrack of Arvo Part. For the rest, fairly flat and without any particular evolutions. Elena found it slightly better.