On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Kolya (Aleksey Serebryakov), his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and their teenage son Romka. The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor (Roman Madyanov), who is trying to take away the land, a house and a small auto repair shop from Kolya. To save their homes Kolya calls his old Army friend in Moscow (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has now become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor. Written by
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Director Andrey Zvyagintsev
, who wanted to screen Marvin Heemeyer's story, intended to make the film in the US at first but then he read a novella called "Michael Kohlhaas" by German author Heinrich von Kleist
, which was based on a 16th-century chronicle and had a similar plot. At that time, Zvyagintsev realized it was a "timeless" plot, close to the Book of Job, and decided the film should be made in Russia. The first draft of the script was ready in December 2010 and the final film is rather far from Heemeyer's story. See more
This is our Lord, son. He sees everything.
References The Return
Akhnaten -Act 1 - Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
Written by Philip Glass See more