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The Return -- In this haunting drama, two brothers' lives are forever changed when the father who abandoned them suddenly reappears. With one brother defiant and the other obsequious, a mysterious journey through the wild beauty of northern Russia escalates into a bitter test of will and shocking violence. Russian with English subtitles.

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Release Date:
25 June 2003 (Russia) See more »
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Plot:
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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Classy Russian psychodrama See more (171 total) »

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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:
Directorial debut of Andrey Zvyagintsev.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: On the island, Ivan bandages his hand after it gets injured. In the next shot, the bandage is on his other hand.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:
Ne iz sadu bylo...See more »

FAQ

What does the metal box contain that the father puts on the boat?
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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Classy Russian psychodrama, 12 September 2004
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

We get plenty of US/UK movies, a reasonable amount of European and oriental movies, but it is comparatively rare that we get a movie from Russia over here. Russian film-making has a very distinctive style and tradition, so good examples of it are a welcome change. Certainly The Return lives up to any expectations of good art-house. The Russian outback is noted for its harshness and it probably requires a particular type of character to survive and flourish there. This unusual coming-of-age movie looks at two brothers raised largely by their mother. When their father returns after 12 years and takes them on an extended fishing trip they react very differently. The father is authoritarian – a complete change for the boys from the protective mother. He is a complex figure – is he a pilot? A crook? Part of him seems to genuinely love the boys and want to help them toughen up for the world they will live in, but the trip has tragic consequences.

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