The Return

The Return
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 19, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Kino Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

Total Count: 87


User Ratings: 9,522
[A] film of gruffly beautiful images...
Mar 1, 2004
Zvyagintsev gets formidable concentration from his youthful actors, and his storytelling moves with the simplicity -- calm, chiselled, and suggestive -- of a fable.
New Yorker
Mar 27, 2013
Constructed like an eerie, metaphorical thriller, this tense, riveting character study offers viewers nearly two hours of emotions with a stunning pay-off no one will be expecting.
Jun 4, 2009
Mysterious, compelling, visually inventive, The Return is a quiet but intense metaphysical-drama of great emotional impact and insight. Full Review
Mar 27, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Si uno se queda sólo en la primera lectura del drama familiar, la experiencia puede ser bastante desconcertante. Full Review
Uruguay Total
May 8, 2005
Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 27, 2013
Think of THE RETURN as total cinema, the whole package....Making as powerful a mark emotionally as it does visually and even allegorically.
Los Angeles Times
Feb 13, 2004

Product Description:

Director Andrei Zvyagintsev makes a phenomenally assured directorial debut with THE RETURN. The spare tale focuses on two young brothers, Andrey (Vladimir Garin) and Vanya (Ivan Dobronravov), whose lives are thrown into a tailspin when their father (Konstantin Lavroneko) returns after a 12-year absence. Bullish and intense, the patriarch takes the boys on a mysterious journey through a bleak yet beautiful Russian landscape. While Andrey looks up to his father, Vanya has trouble forgiving him for disappearing so many years ago. This strain adds even more drama to the already tense atmosphere, culminating in a shocking event that will change their lives forever.

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2003 Venice Film Festival, THE RETURN is a masterful drama that works on an allegorical, as well as literal, level. Zvyaginstev's imagery is at once painterly, abstract, and realistic. Newcomers Garin and Dobronravov deliver performances that are deeply affecting. In a cruel twist of irony, actor Garin drowned just after shooting in the same water where the opening scene took place, which adds another level of bleakness to the film's somber tone. THE RETURN is a truly haunting work of art.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: FEBRUARY 6, 2004 (NY)

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