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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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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vozvrashchenie" - Russia (original title)
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105 min | Turkey:99 min (TV version)
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The budget of the film remains a secret, though in an interview the director and the producer hinted that it was well under $500,000. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev also mentioned that the producers made their money back even before they went with the movie to Venice where it was "discovered".See more »
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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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Ne iz sadu bylo...See more »

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What does the metal box contain that the father puts on the boat?
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97 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Resonates long afterward, 7 December 2004
Author: peedur

This film's power is revealed in the contrast between the events as they play out and the questions generated by the enigmatic final moments. It worked firstly as a mysterious, psychological drama, but once the film had ended, it fit the definition of the term allegory perfectly.

"The Return" makes a compelling case in favor of a poetically complex narrative over the expectations of 'The Hollywood Ending', where life eventually makes some kind of sense. The absence of a father can create a psychological 'presence' for the family, both seen and felt in the emotional interaction of the children. This complex, yet all too human condition is played out here, not as a narrative sleight of hand (The Sixth Sense) but rather as film poetry. Life's hardest truths sit like a stone in the mouth and won't be broken down easily. The characters in this film seem to be struggling with the absence of their father, but doing so with him present.

Visual cues which seem to lead to a metaphorical reading of what's happening are scattered throughout the film. For example, when the the boys see their sleeping father for the first time, he's viewed as Andrea Mantegna's "Dead Christ". The boys dash upstairs immediately afterwords to see if he looks like their father from an old photo. It seems that it's been loosely placed in an old book of engravings - on the page where the angel stays Abraham's hand before he sacrifices his son. Then there is the repeated image of the tower, seeming to both foreshadow and justify a fear of death for the youngest brother. And the mysterious journey to an island, the significance of which changes them all. These don't appear as kitsch cues (as in, "this image stands for this specific idea.") but appear as symbols whose meaning is more poetic than literal. They're tied to the story and can't be extracted. In true Tarkovskian form the filmmaker has bled his symbols of universal references and made them about the characters.

And there's the profoundly enigmatic manner of the father, existing for the two brothers in terms of curt preoccupation, edicts, veiled threats, detachment and blunt instruction. He could very well not be there. This causes both boys to respond to him with a mix of outrage, incredulity and bitterness.

Its a rare film, well worth seeing, if for no other reason than to marvel at the elegiac force of the story, the photography and at the performances that the director managed to coax from his actors. Both the boys in particular are astonishingly subtle. Highly recommended.

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