The Return


Directed by
Andrei Zvyagintsev

105 mins

November 8th 2005



Winner of 5 awards
Venice Film Festival 2003


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After being absent for 12 years, a man returns to take his two teenage sons for a holiday on a remote island.

"Andrey Zvyagintsev's superb debut film about an errant father and his two sons was the resounding Golden Lion winner at last year's Venice film festival, an award made piquant by the fact that its 16-year-old star Vladimir Garin was drowned shortly after filming in a terrible accident that mirrored the movie itself. An old-fashioned, satisfying piece of storytelling which looks languorously beautiful, while at the same time fastening itself to your attention like the bite of a snake."

Reviewed by Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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