Starring: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Natalya Vdovina, Galina Petrova
Declared "luminously beautiful" by the New York Times, Andrey Zvyagintsev's "The Return" is a stunning mixture of visionary allegory, urgent suspense and road movie momentum. Zvyagintsev's equal skill with lush visuals, lucid storytelling and breathtaking realism easily netted The Return the prestigious Golden Lion and the Best First Feature Film Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Within the emotional vacuum of a fatherless childhood, young brothers Andrei (Vladimir Garin) and Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) have grown closer than most siblings. But when they least expect it, the father the boys have never known returns. Under the cool midnight sun of a coastal Russian summer, Andrei and Ivan eagerly hop into a car for a week long fishing trip with a complete stranger they desperately need to believe is their father. but as they travel deeper into the Russian wilderness, their journey devolves from vacation to boot camp to father-sons love triangle and ultimately to a test of wills that pushes to the brink of violence. As it dawns on the boys that the man who could be their father might be trying to abandon, exploit or kill them, "The Return's Jungian" landscape gives way to fervid Freudian rage, shocking loss and bittersweet redemption. Hailed as one of the most auspicious film debuts since "Badlands" or "The 400 Blows", "The Return" is both a gorgeous contemporary thriller and an astute updating of vanguard Soviet filmmaking. Disturbing, tender, transcendent, "The Return's" skillful marriage of psychological complexity to mythic imagery effortlessly evokes the watershed films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Roman Polanski.
"The Return: A Film About The Film" (2004, 63 Min, Color), Theatrical Trailer, 3 Stills Galleries.
Russian Language Film with English Subtitles.
|Studio Name:||Team Marketing|
|DVD Release Date:||10/19/2004|
|Run Time (in minutes):||106 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.22|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.4|