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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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Cast

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Directed by
Andrey Zvyagintsev 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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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Runtime:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the fishing scene at the abandoned ship, they spot a Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) in the hatch of a water filled boat, which is a freshwater fish that cannot live in saltwater seas.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
VI BenedictusSee more »

FAQ

What does the metal box contain that the father puts on the boat?
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95 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
Special in every way, 13 January 2005
Author: Alexandra_Leaving from United Kingdom

I had seen many good reviews for this film but was reluctant at first to watch it as I thought it could be just one of the high art movies which seem to be made for the development of cinematography alone rather than enjoyment of the public and which I find hard to like even though I appreciate them.

I watched "The Return" on DVD and I truly think it is special and is very absorbing as well as highly intelligent. I just wish I went to see it in the cinema on the big screen when I had a chance, because the film's cinematography is exceptional and nature views play as big part in the film as actors themselves do. I can close my eyes and still see the lakes, the forest, the vast empty spaces. The film left me feeling elated and clean.

I loved the structure of the film, so different to the usual Hollywood movie: nothing is explained and you can think for yourselves. Also I could not guess the ending.

The story is simple – the father of two boys was absent for twelve years (he probably was in the prison camp - this is one of the places I can think of where you could be fed a poor diet of fish).The mother never told the boys the truth about him .The father comes back, wants his boys to accept him as the father figure and help them to learn how to survive in this world, but the misunderstanding and flaws in his character play their role.

Behind the story many spiritual (and other) layers hide.. One quote comes to mind – that the prophets are never accepted by their own people. Or other layer - Russia itself is often viewed as a parent for its people . The country had a terrible 70-80 years recently when it really was a big prison camp. Now some of the Russian people feel estranged, unloved and sometimes betrayed by their country.

It is pity that because the film was in Russian language with English subtitles, some meaning was "lost in translation". I am of the Russian origin and noticed some discrepancies in the subtitles. But it must be very difficult to translate the film like this as there are not many words in it and they often have second-layer meaning.

The director Andrei Zvyagintsev must be really congratulated on such a great debut, a masterpiece accomplished on a very low budget.

The casting is absolutely perfect – the child actors even look very much as their parents. Vanya looks like his mother, has a personality similar to her, is close to her, where Andrei looks like the father and has more of the father's tough personality. They both are exceptional actors, especially for their age. When you watch the film you don't see the acting, you see the real boys almost like they were filmed by a hidden camera.

Konstantin Lavronenko did a particular good job of depicting very complicated personality of the father. Everything is there – pain of the wasted years, love for the boys deeply hidden, scars that some very hard life path left and all this behind the tough facade.

I give this movie 10/10

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