The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)
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The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)
Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
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
"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
"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
"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
"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, Salon.com
"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
"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)
"Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Zvyagintsev's Venice prize-winner is a model of suspenseful storytelling. The acting, too, is terrific. Very highly recommended indeed."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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
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