Rent The Return (2003)

3.9 of 5 from 223 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
The life of two brothers is shattered by the sudden appearance of their father, whom they know only from a 10 year old photograph. Is he really their father? Why has he come back after so many years? The boys find some answers on a remote and desolate island travelling with this man who turned their lives upside down.
Actors:
Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, , , Galina Popova, Aleksey Suknovalov, Lazar Dubovik, Elizaveta Aleksandrova, Lyubov Kazakova, Andrey Sumin, Aleksey Proshchikin, Viktor Alenin, Stas Orlov, Arseniy Belousov, Sofya Bagdasarova, Arseniy Bagdasarov, Alla Tomasheva, Evgeniy Belyanskiy
Directors:
Producers:
Dmitriy Lesnevskiy
Writers:
Vladimir Moiseenko, Aleksandr Novototskiy-Vlasov
Aka:
Vozvrashcheniye
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Russia, Top 100 Films, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

2003 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

BBFC:
Release Date:
16/04/2018
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
Russian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Return - A Film About a Film
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/04/2018
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Russian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Return - A Film About a Film
  • Trailer

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Reviews (6) of The Return

Unforgettable contemporary classic. - The Return review by TE

Spoiler Alert
28/04/2018

This is a great cinematic experience from start to finish. Everything is blended together with careful skill: the characterisation of the brothers and the father; the stunning visual setpiece scenes; the music; the colour palette; the terse dialogue. It all works together magnificently.

The younger brother gives one of the best child performances in movie history.

I saw this when it was released and many images stayed in my mind. Seeing it again has made me realise what a landmark in cinema history this film is.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A fabulous modern Russian mood film - The Return review by RC

Spoiler Alert
22/10/2018

Director Andrey Zvyagintsev went on to make Elena (2011) and Leviathan (2014). This, his first feature from 2003, clearly sets out his themes.

Reflective in pace, giving the cast a chance to fully inhabit the characters and reveal the narrative. Excellent cinematography, a simple story explored in depth, posing questions that extend you beyond the narrative.

In this one the two young actors playing the boys are outstanding - possibly the best child acting you will ever see. Tragically Vladimir Garin who plays the older brother died during post-production before the premiere. He was swimming in the same lake where the film was shot when he drowned.

This is modern Russian film making at its best.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A hideous Christ figure - The Return review by PW

Spoiler Alert
19/11/2018

It's worth looking at Mantagna's 'Lamentation of Christ (c.1480). This image was almost reproduced twice in the film, first early on when the returned father sleeps to be seen for the first time in 12 years by his sons, later after the twist. At another point a slow image of a boat coming to an island reminded me of a scene on the see of Galilee. The theme of return echoed resurrection but with no warmth or hope.

Andrei Zvyagintsev seems to want to subvert the central hope of Christianity. Yet this bleak, yet sumptuous film somehow avoided leaving the viewer devoid of hope. The mental battle between the father and his youngest son (us?) left me with hope in the human spirit.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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