The long-lost father of two Russian brothers suddenly returns home. He proposes a fishing trip to make up for lost time. His effort to impose discipline escalates into an alarming test of strength for the boys.
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Mothers nurture. They help us down when the mountain is too tall. The father initiates. They teach us how to stand the weather, how to paddle the water. Bildungsroman, teaching how to live. The boys must pull him until they have arrived, this is the only way his teachings will have been shown to work.
The Return 2003
DIR Andrei Zvyagintsev
SCR Vladimir Moiseyenko, Aleksandr Novototsky
between the ages of thirteen and eighteen,
i didn’t know where my father was.
those years essentialized my memory,
returning him as the universal father.
many people compares this to tarkovky or bresson's work, well, sure this has astonishing cinematography and super-gorgeous visual image, one of the best of 2000's, but for substance, this is nowhere near tarkovsky or bresson..