The Return

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Overview

Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev makes his feature-film debut with the bleak psychological drama Vozvrashchenie (The Return). Younger brother Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) and older brother Andrei (Vladimir Garin) live in a small town with their mother (Natalya Vdovina). One summer, the brothers are surprised by the arrival of their long-lost absent father (Konstantin Lavronenko). Although the boys only know him from an old photograph, he still orders them to accompany him on a fishing trip. The stern father then ...
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Overview

Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev makes his feature-film debut with the bleak psychological drama Vozvrashchenie (The Return). Younger brother Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) and older brother Andrei (Vladimir Garin) live in a small town with their mother (Natalya Vdovina). One summer, the brothers are surprised by the arrival of their long-lost absent father (Konstantin Lavronenko). Although the boys only know him from an old photograph, he still orders them to accompany him on a fishing trip. The stern father then puts his two sons through a series of endurance tests. Doting Andrei is quick to cooperate, while stubborn Ivan is more reluctant to trust him. Ivan wants to know where he's been and what he's up to. After they travel by boat to a deserted island, the father gets even more mysterious. The Return won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2003.
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Special Features

The Return: A Film About the Film (2004, 63 min, color); Theatrical trailer; 3 stills galleries; Optional English subtitles; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • UPC: 738329035129
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,068

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ivan Dobronravov Ivan
Vladimir Garin Andrei
Konstantin Lavronenko Father
Natalya Vdovina Mother
Galina Petrova Grandmother
Technical Credits
Andrei Zvyagintsev Director
Anna Barthuly Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrei Dergache Score Composer
Andrei Khudyakov Sound/Sound Designer
Elena Kovaleva Executive Producer
Mikhail Krichman Cinematographer
Dmitri Lesnevsky Producer
Vladimir Mogilevsky Editor
Vladimir Mosienko Screenwriter
Alexandre Novototsky Screenwriter
Zhanna Pakhomova Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Coward [5:13]
2. Homecoming [5:41]
3. Fishing Trip [6:28]
4. On the Road [4:17]
5. The Hunger [5:59]
6. Crime & Punish [5:19]
7. Suspicion [8:30]
8. All Wet [7:21]
9. Stuck [3:33]
10. An Island [5:01]
11. Ashore [4:26]
12. The Tower [5:31]
13. Why Me? [3:37]
14. Worms [4:13]
15. Tardiness [4:49]
16. I'll Jump [7:21]
17. Heading Back [7:03]
18. Dad! [11:20]
1. Beginnings [6:43]
2. Casting the Roles [5:49]
3. The Cameraman [5:42]
4. Music [3:41]
5. The Photographs [3:43]
6. Overcoming Difficulties [4:38]
7. The Crew [5:38]
8. On the Bridge; in the House [5:27]
9. The Tent; the Fall [5:55]
10. Deleted Scenes [3:12]
11. Volodya Garin (Andrey) [:04]
12. Epilogue [12:50]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect

    If you want to watch some Hollywood movie, don't waste your time by watching "The return". It's not the movie, it is THe Film. It's perfect in all aspects: the scrypt, music, camera, landscapes and especially actors' perfomance. Haley Joel Osment's acting in AI, 6th sense etc (though this guy is a good actor) can't be even COMPARED with Ivan dobronravov's and, particularly Vladimir Garin's perfomance in THE RETURN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Intensely beautiful. Disturbingly honest. Haunting. Quiet. Stunning. Ambitious... perfect?

    I tend to agree with the first review: if you're into Hollywood formula movies, I daresay you will not have much interest in The Return. Not that mindless hollywood formula garbage movies dont have their place for cheap entertainment when you just dont feel like thinking, but The Return is not a movie; it is art. Call that a cliche? Not this time. A cliche is an overused word that after time loses its meaning and power. In this case, I recommend you brush the dust off of this overused term, and get ready to use it again, because The Return is *probably* the most beautiful piece of cinematic art i have ever seen. The Return is haunting in the way it slowly grips you and wont let you go. The images are so powerful and stunning sometimes, that to add words or music would be immoral, and the director knows it. The many ways that it resonates is mesmerizing to me (and also to my friends and family who watched it with me): the amazing depth of the plot and storyline and how it rings SO TRUE for every boy and his father; the choreography; the script; the acting; the music...etc etc.. All throughout there is an amazing eerie simplicity, a minimalism, that in and of itself speaks volumes about the whole entire theme. We watched it and just sat there for a long time. Then we watched it again, and sat for a long time again. Then we watched it again. You very well might be just as enchanted as I was with this amazing film. The director is surely worthy of any recognition the guy deserves. Five stars. If i could give more i would, honestly and gladly.

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    Posted June 7, 2010

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