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894 Ratings

The Banishment


Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Russia, 2007


A husband, wife and two children (a boy and a girl) come from an industrial city to the countryside, to the husband’s birthplace, to stay in his father’s old house.

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The Banishment Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Critics reviews

A film that might once have seemed too big for its breeches — slow, cryptic, overly enamored of complicated camera movements and crepuscular compositions — probably looks better than it did then, a necessary step in the evolution of a major filmmaker. . . . The first two-thirds are an extraordinary slow burn that provides ample time to admire Mr. Zvyagintsev’s talent with the wide frame. The movie is marred by an unsatisfying resolution, which has a coyness better suited to literature.
January 18, 2018
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