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The Banishment (2007)
"Izgnanie" (original title)

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A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.

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Robert
Vitaliy Kishchenko ...
German
Maksim Shibayev ...
Kir
Yekaterina Kulkina ...
Eva (as Katya Kulkina)
Aleksey Vertkov ...
Max
Igor Sergeev ...
Viktor
Ira Gonto ...
Liza
Svetlana Kashelkina ...
Faina
Yaroslava Nikolaeva ...
Frida
Elizabet Dantsinger ...
Flora
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Vera (voice)
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Vyacheslav Butenko
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A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.

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If you want to kill, kill. If you want to forgive, forgive.

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The film required a larger budget than it may seem because the filmmakers wanted "Izgnanie" to be "out of time and place" and did their best so the audience would not guess where and when the film took place. Even car plates and signboards were designed specially for the film. The props were bought in Germany, the "town" part of the film was shot in Belgium and northern France, and the "country" part was shot in Moldova. See more »

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Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev proves that he is not a one hit wonder !!!!
11 June 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Those who have seen Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev's first film "The Return" will have no trouble in realizing that his second film "Izgnanie" /"The Banishment" is equally impressive.However,his second film is little less effective despite having many themes in common with his first film.It can be surmised that it was due to intriguing focus on adults instead of children.This is exactly the reason why many a times viewers might get the impression that children are used merely as unavailing props.Astute viewers will also notice that many references to Tarkovsky are quite natural and self explanatory as Andrei Zvyagintsev is an honorable heir of that famous Russian school of cinema which prides itself in observing minute things in greater detail.It is true that a film maker must not give all answers to viewers but highhandedness of Andrei Zvyagintsev's direction failed to engage viewers.This is one reason why so many essential questions remained unanswered throughout the film.But this would surely not deprive any sagacious viewers to enjoy this extremely meaningful film with excellent focus on art direction especially in the manner interiors have been created.


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