The Banishment (Izgnanie)

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 19


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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.


Critic Reviews for The Banishment (Izgnanie)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

  • 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…
  • 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.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While the heavenly rays of the Almighty Himself could not have done a more exquisite job lighting the film, its beauty doesn't compensate for the sparse, slow and unrewarding story.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A frustrating, oblique and portentous endurance test.

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

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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…

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