Izgnanie (2007)




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

Movie Info

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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Intercinema XXI Century


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Critic Reviews for Izgnanie

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

A frustrating, oblique and portentous endurance test.

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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 17, 2007
Top Critic

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 17, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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 14, 2008
London Evening Standard

Audience Reviews for Izgnanie

This movie is absolutely stunning visually, and the story has deep meaning. However, it didn't move me quite as much as "The Return". I'm not quite sure why, but somehow the way the movie was structured works against it, in particular the anachronisms. I was thrown off by suddenly changing timelines and even though it all made sense in he end, I think it was an unnecessarily distracting. Also I could not quite tell where the events took place, the "town" and the "countryside" seemed like they were in different countries (and as it turned out they were indeed filmed in different Western European countries - not even in Russia).

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

It beats me how Konstantin Lavronenko won over Javier Bardem's performance in No Country for Old Men but Izgnanie is still a strong film in every other department. And sure, I suppose unexpectedly leaping from one place to another, getting wrestled to the floor, and sobbing merits some sort of award. This film I'm sure isn't for all tastes as throughout the running time there are Tarkovsky-influenced moments of hypnotizing beauty. .....

Richard Cranium
Richard Cranium

An amazing visual work as well as art/film about relations between a husband and wife and their effects on one's own perceptions on life and the importance of meaningful relationships. If you are looking for a lot of anything (i.e. action, comedy, drama), you will not find it here. The dialogue is actually quite minimal in this movie but the silence fills in the gaps.

Ilya Nudelman
Ilya Nudelman

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