Bergmanesque, rather than Tarkovskianesque. It certainly has a poignant atmosphere and is worth watching. Yet, a captivating plot, a brilliant photography and a wonderful cast can hardly make a vision.
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
For me ,this is Andrey Zvyagintsev's best film so far.A film maker who wants his audience to interact with his work and not have to be told what to think!
A director who is inspired by Antonioni,Bergman and Tarkovsky.His style may not be to everybodies taste,but to people who want film to challenge them occassionally,his a name to check-out and follow.
"The Banishment" is a good starting point on the journey ahead.