Rent The Banishment (2008)

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2h 26min
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Synopsis:
Loosely based on a short story by American novelist William Saroyan, 'The Banishment' is a powerful and atmospheric portrait of an unraveling marriage. Having left the city, Alex and Vera set up home with their children in a remote but idyllic-seeming country house. But then one day Vera makes a shocking confession, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to tragedy. Acclaimed director Andrey Zvyagintsev confirms his position as an absolute master of style and mood with this award-winning and stunningly photographed story of masculine pride, morality and betrayal.
Actors:
, , , , , Maksim Shibayev, Yekaterina Kulkina, , , Ira Gonto, Svetlana Kashelkina, Yaroslava Nikolaeva, Elizabet Dantsinger,
Directors:
Producers:
Dmitriy Lesnevskiy
Voiced By:
Elena Lyadova
Writers:
William Saroyan, Artyom Melkumyan, Oleg Negin
Aka:
Izgnanie
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Russia, Drama
Awards:

2007 Cannes Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
08/12/2008
Run Time:
146 minutes
Languages:
Russian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Andrey Zvyangintsev and Drop Mikhail Krichman
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/04/2018
Run Time:
150 minutes
Languages:
Russian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Russian LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Andrey Zvyangintsev
  • Making of 'The Banishment'
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The Banishment

A consistently excellent director - The Banishment review by TE

Spoiler Alert
13/05/2019

Zvyagintsev had already established his well deserved reputation with 'The Return' by the time he made this film. Both movies display the themes which have recurred in all his work: critique of contemporary Russian society; lack of effective communication between lovers; male stupidities; and emotional coldness towards children.

There is more narrative in 'The Banishment' than in his other films (it is based on a novel by William Saroyan). Thankfully Zvyagintsev avoids the use of flashbacks in favour of a straightforward story line plus a half hour 'prequel' sequence.

All of this is done with his usual flair for eye-catching settings and superb play of light and dark.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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