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Back from a tour of duty, Kelli (Linda Cardellini) can't wait to rejoin her old life in the Rust Belt town in which she's always lived. She's ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life-the carpet under her bare feet, a cold beer in front of the television, the smell of her baby's head. But slowly, her world comes to feel unfamiliar. Her friends love her but seem preoccupied with trifles. Her children need more focused attention than she can give, and as much as he tries, her husband
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The writer-director is Liza Johnson, an artist, making her first picture and doing it with considerable grace.
This quiet, naturalistic film has a classical arc and a lingering sting.
Finally someone has written a really good role for Linda Cardellini -- a big, prickly, demanding role that puts her onscreen in literally every scene -- and it's a thrill to watch her operating at full throttle.
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With its modest scale and sharp observations, writer-director Liza Johnson's first feature has the quiet impact of a short story.
You admire these characters for their considerable resilience while understanding that even the best-intentioned people can break under the stress.
Return is a commendable, genuine, and simple drama that effectively highlights the intrinsic trauma soldiers face when trying to come to terms with the reality of life back home.
Skipping the usual flashbacks-and-cold-sweats cliches, Return has an understated power, even if the story traverses pretty well-trodden ground.
This is a quiet, honourable, carefully paced little independent movie, like a Sundance Institute coda to The Deer Hunter.
Cardellini holds the restless centre of Liza Johnson's patient, precise drama, which brims with quiet disaffection.
A debut of sober distinction, carried by the seriously good Linda Cardellini as a US Army supply worker whose readjustment to Rust Belt domesticity is touch and go.
As hounourable as its intentions are, the feeling of been there, done that pervades.
Johnson's narrative control is as assured as her visual sense. She skilfully captures the dead-end decency that compounds the servicewoman's mix of trauma and frustration.
Michael Shannon steals the film - when does he not? - as the loving, frustrated husband whose fuse is burning short.
There's no glib emotional grandstanding with the cast - particularly the excellent Cardellini - unshowily inhabiting their roles and underlining the assertion that it really could happen to anybody.
Impressively directed, sharply observed and emotionally engaging drama with a terrific central performance from Linda Cardellini.
It's a focused, unshowy character study, light on fireworks but full of authentic drama and featuring an impressive lead performance from former ER actress Linda Cardellini.
This is Cardellini's film, and she dominates with a terrific, tough-minded turn.
A striking, humane, low-fi coming-home drama whose very title has a relaxed connotation that the movie robustly embodies.
It's the brief glimpses of unsettling ordinariness -- ho-hum drug dependency, the joy of scoring a good plumbing job, the downsizing of a factory to two lone, lonely figures -- that gives Return its real punch
Cardellini's lovely performance is so vividly expressive in its soulful, anguished stillness.
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