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25 June 2003 (Russia) See more »
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In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 28 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Andrey Zvyagintsev 
 
Writing credits
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Vladimir Moiseenko  writer
Aleksandr Novototskiy-Vlasov  (as Aleksandr Novototskiy)

Produced by
Andrew Colton .... executive producer
Elena Kovaleva .... executive producer
Dmitriy Lesnevskiy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Andrey Dergachev 
 
Cinematography by
Mikhail Krichman 
 
Film Editing by
Vladimir Mogilevskiy 
 
Casting by
Geta Bagdasarova 
Galina Dovgal 
 
Production Design by
Zhanna Pakhomova 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Bartuli 
 
Makeup Department
Galya Ponomaryova .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geta Bagdasarova .... assistant director: actors
Svetlana Dyomina .... assistant director
Anastasi Torlakyan .... assistant director (as Anastasiya Torlakyan)
Inga Vasilyeva .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Andrey Khudyakov .... sound
Dmitry Nagorny .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Kirill Bobrov .... digital effects artist
Dmitriy Tokoyakov .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Vladimir Sevostyanikhin .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aleksandr Bakrin .... steadicam
Yevgeny Kiryukhin .... lighting technician
Aleksey Konoplyov .... gaffer
Denis Konoplyov .... lighting technician
Aleksey Kozin .... lighting technician
Vladimir Mishukov .... still photographer
Aleksey Populov .... grip
Viktor Saratov .... camera mechanic
Maksim Shalnyov .... video equipment operator
Aleksey Shipulin .... grip
 

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Also Known As:
"Vozvrashchenie" - Russia (original title)
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105 min | Turkey:99 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
Andrey Zvyagintsev says the four main characters of the film represent the four elements: "Earth is Mother, water is Father... the elder brother, Andrey, is air and Ivan is fire. But if you think it's all different, it is."See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: When Ivan is sitting in the car, the camera pans around the car (before we see him grab the binoculars and begin to use them) - as it pans past the triangular car window you can see the camera reflected in it.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[on-screen caption: Sunday]
[boy falls in the water, then floats up]
Zavodila:Jump as we agreed! Who climbs down the ladder is a cowardly wanker.
[swims to the shore]
Boy on Tower:Go on, Vityok. You're next.
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Requiem in re minore K626See more »

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What does the metal box contain that the father puts on the boat?
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36 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Get your tongue around this name: Zvyagintsev, 12 April 2004
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

What child doesn't long for the parent he's never had, even with mom and dad arguing in the next room? What boy hasn't endured a week that seemed to encompass a lifetime? We begin with the wrenching ordeal of 8-year-old Ivan, or Vanya (Ivan Dobronravov), who's watched by a gang of his mates while he freezes with fear at the top of a wooden tower over a chilly swimming hole and can't get down till his mom comes to fetch him. He has a fierce argument with the other boys and his older brother, Andrey (Vladimir Garin) that shows his strength of character. Vanya's intense will and need to prove his courage will dominate the story, which depicts what happens when the boys' dad (Konstantin Lavronenko) suddenly appears after an absence of 12 years and takes the two boys on a fishing trip. They run back to the house, they see their beautiful mom, and she says `Be quiet, your father is sleeping.' That's how they learn he's reappeared. The shot of him looking like Mantegna's `Dead Christ' as the boys peep into the bedroom where he lies sleeping exemplifies the film's austere beauty.

We tolerate the mysterious father – his cruelty never seems quite over the top – because there's a perverted tenderness in his hardness with Ivan and Andrey. He wants to make up for lost time: he wants to shape them in these few days; wants to help them become men. He's always a nurturer and teacher as well as a demanding brute. The mystery that surrounds the man evokes the gap between all children and adults. They boys aren't even sure he's their real father, but their mother says so. The bond between the two boys has become the more intense in the absence of a father and the scene in their bedroom the first night when they talk excitedly about the day ahead is as vivid, beautifully photographed, and superbly acted as all the rest. The expressiveness of the two boys' faces is beyond wonderful.

This stunning debut features exceptional performances by the talented young actors, brilliant storytelling in a fable-like tale that's as resonant as it is specific, and exquisite cinematography not quite like any one's ever seen before. There's something haunting about the sound track too – the way the clear voices emerge from silence and blend with music. There's nothing in "The Return" that isn't fresh and compelling. It's unlikely that there are any more intense evocations of boyhood or relations with a father on film.

The lovely, cool physicality of the movie's images reinforces the sharp contrast between the winsome, cheerful Andrey and the dour, intense Ivan. Andrey seems to bond right away with their dad but it's Vanya who makes the underlying rules of their week together. Ivan always wants something, if only a meal or to be fishing, at a different time from the other two. He's a kvetch. But beyond that, his passion and discontent are terrifying. That big almost ghoulish angry face atop the little body looks like a man's and haunts us when Andrey's bright eyes and smile have faded from memory. Despite his hardness, their nameless father seems almost unformed next to Vanya. It's a battle of wills. Vanya refuses to eat when they finally get to a restaurant and his father won't let him eat later. Vanya complains about leaving a fishing place to drive on and his father dumps him at a bridge for hours where he sits huddled in freezing rain. It's an ordeal, and getting stuck in the mud is another struggle and battle of wills in which the father of course wins and saves them. Yet there are moments of sheer joy when the boys click with their father and delight in the new places and scenes that they view through binoculars and photograph with a 35-mm. camera. The trip ends at a deserted island where their father has a secret mission and little Vanya's torment leads to a disturbing finale.

The Return heralds the appearance of a gifted new filmmaker, perhaps a great one. At times it evokes such recent lonely, austere masterpieces as Bruno Dumont's `Vie de Jésus,' Van Sant's underrated `Gerry,' and Jim Jarmusch's `Dead Man.' But Zvyagintsev is Zvyagintsev and nobody else. There's an exciting new director on the world cinematic scene and we'd better learn how to get our tongues around this slippery Slavic name. (`The Return' won the grand prize -- the "Leone d'Oro" -- at the Venice Film Festival last year. It's not hard to see why.)

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