2003, Drama, 1h 50m89 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for The Return
The story, set in contemporary Russia, seems unexceptional at the start. Yet it plays out against a vast wilderness of shorelines and lakes, and turns tantalizing ambiguity into urgent mystery.
The long and eventful fishing trip Dad drags the boys on is simultaneously a very real voyage through the Russian wilderness and also, like, a Jungian trip, man.
Throughout his expertly controlled film, Zvyagintsev never allows a break in the clouds to provide some reassuring sign that the brothers are on solid footing.March 27, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching.
Zvyagintsev gets formidable concentration from his youthful actors, and his storytelling moves with the simplicity -- calm, chiselled, and suggestive -- of a fable.
Constructed like an eerie, metaphorical thriller, this tense, riveting character study offers viewers nearly two hours of emotions with a stunning pay-off no one will be expecting.June 4, 2009
Audience Reviews for The Return
May 09, 2018It has the stunning, bleak and oppressive beauty found in Andrei Tarkovsky's films, with a cold and blueish cinematography that offers no relief from the underlying tension that is basically omnipresent, and it benefits especially from three excellent central performances.Carlos M Super Reviewer
Mar 13, 2017The Russians certainly know how to make beautiful films! Very reminiscent of Tarkovsky. Stunning visuals with beautiful muted blue cinematography. The two young leads are fantastic. I was sad to learn that Vladimir Garin, who played Andrey, passed away on the day the film premiered in Russia. One of the best films of the decade and a must see.Emily B Super Reviewer
Mar 13, 2017The Return is a dark, eerie film set in the outskirts of Northern Russia. When a father candidly returns to his two sons, after 12 years of absence, one meets him with admiration while the other in spite. What Zvyagintsev does great in his directorial debut is build eeriness with sound, even in scenes where nothing is apparently wrong, something feels off. By the end it's not clear how cruel the apparent gangster father was, never fully revealed, but he doesn't feel as evil as the build-up would suggest he is.Daniel D Super Reviewer
Mar 13, 2017A remarkable visual but slightly empty at the end - powerful and emotional, but somewhat empty.Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
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