Izgnanie (The Banishment) (2007)

Izgnanie (The Banishment)

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Critic Consensus: Beautifully shot, but ultimately disappointing, lumbering sophomore effort from Russian potential great Andrey Zvyagintsev.


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On the heels of his award-winning 2003 feature debut The Return, filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev struggles to avoid the sophomore slump with this art-house crime drama concerning two brothers struggling to keep their lives together in the face of certain disaster. Soon after extracting a bullet from his brother's arm, Alex (Konstantin Lavroneko) relocates his family from the city to his father's old house in the countryside. As the family settles into their rustic existence, Alex's wife Vera (Maria … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Artem Melkumjan, Oleg Negin
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Intercinema XXI Century

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Critic Reviews for Izgnanie (The Banishment)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

A frustrating, oblique and portentous endurance test.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
Time Out
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We will not reveal more of the plot in the hope that one day it will be playing in a theater near you . It is truly something to see; for among all the lives to be ruined it is a visual rhapsody.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
TIME Magazine
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If only the ravishing opening shot of Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Banishment was followed up with both beauty and something genuinely profound, then disappointment wouldn't be so palpable.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Variety
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A movie falls into the clutches of long, solemn stares into space, meaningful drags on cigarettes, cryptic dialogue revealing little and a tiny drama that feels old, tired and empty of real purpose.

May 18, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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For all of its ingenuity, and the incredible, drawn-out events that conclude the film, there is a high risk that this film alienates its audience.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
What Culture

The Banishment is so obviously the work of an exceptional film-maker that you can't deny its power, ambition and ability to keep you watching.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
This is London

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