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Beautifully shot, but ultimately disappointing, lumbering sophomore effort from Russian potential great Andrey Zvyagintsev.
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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.
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.
A frustrating, oblique and portentous endurance test.
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.
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.
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.
[Director Andrei] Zyvagintsev's beautiful compositions [brings] out uncanny aspects of natural setting.
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.
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.
There are prize-winning performances, seductive landscapes and hallucinatory shots of empty urban streets and shadowy interiors.
Lumbering and beautiful, Zvyagintsev leaves few doubts that we're in the hands of a fledgling master: there's lots of striking visuals to keep you from itching for the exit as the leisurely running time unspools.
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