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The Return (2003)

Vozvrashchenie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 25 June 2003 (Russia)
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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andrey
... Ivan
... Otets
... Mat
Galina Popova ... Babushka
Aleksey Suknovalov ... Zavodila
Lazar Dubovik ... Khuligan
Elizaveta Aleksandrova ... Ofitsiantka
Lyubov Kazakova ... Devushka v zerkalakh
Andrey Sumin ... Chelovek v portu
Aleksey Proshchikin
Viktor Alenin
Stas Orlov
Arseniy Belousov
Sofya Bagdasarova
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Storyline

Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,795, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

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$502,028, 5 September 2004
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Trivia

Andrey Zvyagintsev's first feature as a director (he previously made 2 episodes of Chyornaya komnata (2000)). See more »

Goofs

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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During the end credits, there are still photos. See more »

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Referenced in Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011) See more »

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Requiem in re minore K626
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Classy Russian psychodrama
12 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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