There's nothing quite like a good family drama. An excellent film showcasing the toxic masculinity (yeah I said it!) and emotional return of an absent father with noteworthy performances from the young boys. Reminiscent of David Gordon Green's debut George Washington. Not your typical deadbeat dad film by a very long shot.
A fear of heights is helpful in survival. The vestibular system, a part of the inner ear, is the sensory system that provides the leading contribution to the sense of balance and spatial orientation. The acrophobic over relies on visual signals , overloads the visual cortex resulting in confusion. Moral of the story ?
Haunting?(Mubi's take), how true! Or, how Ivan sulked thru' fathers last trip. Law of unintended consequences seems to apply all round. How did they get back to the car? what was stowed away in the boat. Did they get home? strikes me as all very magical the things that then needed to happen while in the back end of nowhere!
Great stuff. Really well balanced, thought provoking and powerful drama. Expertly shows human emotions, good and bad, love and hate. Dad knows about the vertigo and will stop at nothing to protect his son - that’s my take on that. Cutting edge and effective soundtrack and stunning scenery throughout. I want to go to that island, though on a bigger, more seaworthy boat! x
The returning Father in THE RETURN is both a dominating and almost elemental force, disrupting the dynamic of his abandoned family and stirring strong emotions amongst his two teenage sons. This is evoked further by the harsh nature experienced on their ill fated fishing trip, giving the film a mythic quality despite its realism. Tense, mysterious and dramatic - Zvyagintsev shows a masterly control of his craft.
Films made in 2003 according to Google: Hulk, Elf, The Matrix Reloaded, SWAT, The Matrix Revolutions, Finding Nemo, The Lord of The Rings, Terminator 3, X2, and so on and so forth ... Now, thanks to MUBI ... JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE! Well done. This app is definitely changing the way we see reality. Zvyagintsev's English interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBTIb2xx8ek
The shadow of the father weighs a ton. A haunted, existentialist post-christian allegory. Shot beautifully with tender performances and a reflective muted mood. A stunning film looking at whether self-discovery exists in a vacuum, and following from that the debts we don't wish to acknowledge. A tale of growth amongst our genetic chains.