Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life.

Director:

Writer:

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict.

Director: Liza Johnson
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

Director: Daniel Barnz
Stars: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A biography of American poet Hart Crane who committed suicide at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.

Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Michael Shannon, Stacey Miller
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Comedy | History

The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock 'n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.

Director: Liza Johnson
Stars: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed ... See full summary »

Director: Noah Buschel
Stars: Michael Shannon, Frank Wood, Amy Ryan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Liza Johnson
Stars: Uta Bonz, Veronika Nowag-Jones, Johannes Stelzhammer
In the Air (2009)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Southeastern Ohio, April works in a scrap yard. Daphany waits for customers in a fast food window. Lee spends the day waiting for school to be over. But the local circus school offers a ... See full summary »

Director: Liza Johnson
Stars: Daphany Bauer, Lee Brown, Lee Brown
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Liza Johnson, Elizabeth Povinelli
Stars: Cameron Bianamu, Gavin Bianamu, Ricky Bianamu
Water I (2004)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

...On an East Coast Island off season, a woman's naked and badly beaten body washes ashore. Jessy Turner , the sister of the murdered woman, comes to the island to identify her sister's ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Houlton
Stars: Johnny Davidson, Googy Gress, Savannah Haske
Blackbird (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A teen runaway falls in love with a fellow heroin junkie. But the two are far too deep in their drug addictions for love to offer any hope.

Director: Adam Rapp
Stars: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Guy Boyd, Ross Brodar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mike
...
Bud
...
Julie
...
Ed
...
Shannon
...
Brooke
...
Mr. Miller
...
Cara Lee
...
Jackie (as Emma Lyle)
Tabitha Depew ...
Bree
Victoria Depew ...
Bree
...
Franklin
Cheyenne Ruggiero ...
Girl #1
Dana Chaifetz ...
Avinelle (as Dannah Chaifetz)
Edit

Storyline

Back from a tour of duty, Kelli can't wait to rejoin her old life in the rust belt town she's always lived in. She's ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life- the carpet under her bare feet, a cold beer in front of the television, the smell of her baby's head. Slowly, though, she realizes that her everyday life doesn't resemble the one she left. Struggling to find her place in her family and the rust-belt town she no longer recognizes, what can she reclaim of her share of the way of life she's been fighting to protect? Written by NMH

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,717 (USA) (10 February 2012)

Gross:

$6,717 (USA) (10 February 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One character mentions Superman flying around the Earth to go back in time, an event depicted in Superman (1978) which featured the villain General Zod. Two years after co-starring in this film, Michael Shannon would go on to play General Zod in Man of Steel (2013). See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Charlie Waters
Written by Linus Huey
Performed by Linus Huey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
21 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

RETURN (dir. Liza Johnson) Linda Cardellini delivers a mesmerizing performance as a woman who returns from a tour of duty in Iraq to find that her old life no longer fits. The film is deliberately and ominously paced as she discovers the truth about her prior existence. Her job is 'a waste of time' (it is, and it was), and her husband seems to have replaced her with an 'angst free' woman. It's not so much that Iraq had changed Kelli, but more that she now realizes that life can be so much more than what is offered in her rural, small town existence. Her friends and family members think that she might have seen devastating or particularly grisly scenes of carnage, yet her most unsettling memory seems to be witnessing a jet plane completely filled with rubber gloves. Her biggest and unstated realization is how shallow and pointless all of their lives really are. When things seem like they cannot get any worse, her husband initiates a custody battle over their two young daughters, and then she learns that she has been redeployed. The film is a stark and heartbreaking portrait of a woman who has been placed in a devastatingly untenable position. MUST SEE.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Linda Cardellini will win an Oscar for this Aliengames
Release Date? Muszik4130
Suggested MPAA rating? Blubberkinesis
Brothers?? Gordy90
anxiously waiting.... myenigma7000
Is this going to have a wide release? kerprice
Discuss Return (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?