The Banishment (Izgnanie)

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

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After receiving an unexpected visit from his mysteriously injured brother Mark, father-of-two Alex decides to take his family back to the country home of his childhood. But once there, Alex's wife Vera confesses that she is pregnant again - and that the child is not his. Agony ensues as Alex attempts to figure out how best to react. Dir: Andrei Zvyagintsev.

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Critic Reviews for The Banishment (Izgnanie)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (7)

  • The first two-thirds are an extraordinary slow burn that provides ample time to admire Mr. Zvyagintsev's talent with the wide frame.

    January 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The film works mostly in ellipses and silences, establishing a solemnly mysterious mood.

    August 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There are prize-winning performances, seductive landscapes and hallucinatory shots of empty urban streets and shadowy interiors.

    August 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Photographed with mesmerising clarity and power by Mikhail Krichman, and consciously evoking those found in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, they are the most compelling feature of this grindingly slow and self-conscious fable.

    August 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • I can't help feeling that this is a slight misstep from this director, and can't decide whether his film has at its centre a mystery or a muddle.

    August 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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