Andrey Zvyagintsev’s piercing and contemplative father-son tale immediately established the director as a major international talent, winning the Golden Lion at the 2003 Venice Film Festival.
Vozvrashcheniye
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cast: Vladimir Garin, Vanya Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Natalya Vdovina
Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Russia

MA15+Mature themes

The Return

★★★★★
“Magnificent.”
Margaret Pomeranz, ABC AT THE MOVIES

★★★★ 1/2.
“Astonishing. Despite its outdoor settings, it’s an intense, claustrophobic experience. It’s a rare film like this that confirms that the Russian cinema, despite all its vicissitudes, is still capable of producing great movies.”
David Stratton, ABC AT THE MOVIES

“A stunning feature film debut… renews the grand tradition of Russian cinematic mysticism epitomized by Andrei Tarkovsky.”
Dave Kehr, NEW YORK TIMES

“Spare and austere in its painterly beauty…. this sublimely enigmatic picture seethes with tumultuous inner life.”
Ella Taylor, LOS ANGELES WEEKLY

“Brilliant…A stunning psychological thriller! One of those great unnerving movies that lingers in the mind long after the lights come up. Rating: A.”
Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

WINNER – BEST PICTURE – 2003 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s feature film debut, a piercing and contemplative father-son tale, immediately established the director as a major international talent.

Two brothers discover that their father has returned home after years of absence without a word of explanation.

He is a hard, independent man with skills that suggest a military background. The elder of the two brothers is intrigued with his father, striving for his approval. The younger is filled with hatred and resentment… a true rebel.

As father and sons go on a ‘holiday’ the boys must prove themselves daily to learn the secrets of his mysterious past.

The Return

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