The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)
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The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)
In the remote Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father--a man they only know through a single photograph--resurfaces.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Mysterious, compelling, visually inventive, The Return is a quiet but intense metaphysical-drama of great emotional impact and insight."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"magnificent return of a great cinema tradition to the world stage"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"The Return feels like an experiment designed to find out how much basic plot information you can withhold from an audience and still have an interesting movie."
‑ Paul Matwychuk, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"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."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Zvyagintsev gets formidable concentration from his youthful actors, and his storytelling moves with the simplicity -- calm, chiselled, and suggestive -- of a fable."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Like each episode of Kieslowski's Decalogue, The Return is a small but potent story. It leads us to ask: Is it ever enough to just 'trust and obey'?"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Si uno se queda sólo en la primera lectura del drama familiar, la experiencia puede ser bastante desconcertante."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"... an unsentimental film about how childhood lingers until it abruptly ends."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"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."
‑ Deborah Young, Variety
"A harrowing, elusively biblical account… echoes of Abraham and Isaac, the Gospel parables about fathers and pairs of sons, and the Second Coming."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Um estudo de personagens cuja força se torna ainda maior em função das belas performances do trio principal."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"an absorbing psychological drama and coming-of-age story in the guise of a road movie"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
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