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3,121 Ratings

The Return


Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Russia, 2003
Drama, Thriller


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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The Return Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
It moves like a thesis for a class on Tarkovsky, but Zvyagintsev has a unique feel for texture, particularly the way rigid orders (chain-link fence, corrugated metal, wooden planks) warp into disorderly curves over time. It’s like the Texas section of The Tree Of Life, a primal story of two brothers experiencing the deep disappointment of discovering their father is just a man like everyone else.
January 04, 2015
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Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching, this 2003 debut feature immediately establishes Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev as a master… A former actor, Zvyagintsev elicits first-rate performances from his male leads, but what registers most is the sharpness and intensity of his vision of nature and childhood experience.
April 29, 2004
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Mr. Zvyagintsev creates a most moving tension between his archetypal themes and the bristling specificity of his characters. The film, which opens today in New York, is at once highly naturalistic and dreamily abstract, playing out its mythic themes through vibrantly detailed characterizations (and remarkable performances by the entire cast). “The Return” announces the arrival of a major new talent.
February 06, 2004
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