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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.
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.
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.
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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