The Banishment (Izgnanie) (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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 (19) | Top Critics (6)

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

Jan 18, 2018 | 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.

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

A frustrating, oblique and portentous endurance test.

Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
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.

May 24, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

May 18, 2007 | Full Review…
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

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