Izgnanie (The Banishment)
Izgnanie (The Banishment) (2007)

On the heels of his award-winning 2003 feature debut The Return, filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev struggles to avoid the sophomore slump with this art-house crime drama concerning two brothers struggling to keep their lives together in the face… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautifully shot, but ultimately disappointing, lumbering sophomore effort from Russian potential great Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A frustrating, oblique and portentous endurance test.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Anthony Quinn
Independent

The film works mostly in ellipses and silences, establishing a solemnly mysterious mood.

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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

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.

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Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

There are prize-winning performances, seductive landscapes and hallucinatory shots of empty urban streets and shadowy interiors.

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Jay Weissberg
Variety

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.

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This is London

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.

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Sam Wigley
Total Film

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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