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The Return - Vozvrashcheniye (2003)
For an excellent, dark, weighty movie, where better to
turn than Russia?
Set in contemporary Russia, THE RETURN is a terrific,
primeval new film which the leading critics are heralding as a return to the
great Russian cinematic classics.
The story has Biblical resonance:
young brothers Vanya and Andrey have grown up fatherless, so both boys have
developed a deep attachment.
home after a fight with neighborhood kids, the boys are shocked to discover
their father has returned after a twelve-year absence.
mother's uneasy blessing, Vanya and Andrey set out on what they believe will be
a fishing vacation with their taciturn father.
Though at first ecstatic
to be reunited with the father they've only known from a faded photograph, the
boys strain under the weight of their dad's awkward and increasingly brutal
efforts to make up for a missing decade of parental supervision.
Vladimir Garin .... Andrey
Ivan Dobronravov .... Ivan
Lavronenko .... Father
Natalya Vdovina .... Mother
Camera: Mikhail Kritchman
Art Direction: Ren Film, Dmitrii Lesnevskii
Venice (Competition): Golden Lion, Luigi De Laurentiis
Award, SIGNIS Award, Sergio Trasatti Award, Locarno
(Competition), Toronto, Sundance (World Cinema), Rotterdam
Golden Lion Award, as well as the prize for debut film, at the 2003 Venice
Film Festival; the Golden Eagle-2003, official award of the
Russian Academy of Film;
Discovery of the Year prize from the European
Film Academy Awards
The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at
the Golden Globes Awards.
watch.... does everything a Hollywood picture doesn't."
Dan Fanairu, Screen International
"The best film from Russia since
Flachra Gibbons, The
About this movie
Title: The Return - Vozvrashcheniye (2003)
Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Date of birth: 6 February 1964, Soviet Union, bruary
Writing credits: Vladimir Moiseyenko & Aleksandr Novototsky
Music: Andrei Dergachyov
Runtime: 105 min.
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