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Return (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 February 2012 (USA)
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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.

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Liza Johnson

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Liza Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Kelli
Michael Shannon ... Mike
John Slattery ... Bud
Talia Balsam ... Julie
Paul Sparks ... Ed
Louisa Krause ... Shannon
Rosie Benton ... Brooke
James Murtaugh ... Mr. Miller
Bonnie Swencionis ... Cara Lee
Emma Rayne Lyle ... Jackie (as Emma Lyle)
Tabitha Depew Tabitha Depew ... Bree
Victoria Depew Victoria Depew ... Bree
Wayne Pyle ... Franklin
Cheyenne Ruggiero Cheyenne Ruggiero ... Girl #1
Dana Chaifetz Dana Chaifetz ... Avinelle (as Dannah Chaifetz)
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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beacon, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,717, 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,717, 12 February 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.95 (2012) See more »

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Semi-Famous People
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Fantastic performance by Cardellini
6 January 2013 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Return is ultimately about the inner turmoil that a woman has on her return from her tour of duty. It's nothing incredibly original, but it's written and directed with enough sensibility and delicacy, and a woman being at the front and center may be something different for viewers. It works because it's never emotionally contrived and it never comes off as anything other than heartfelt and personal. What makes this as effective as it was were the performances. The entire supporting cast does some really solid work, but the praise belongs to Linda Cardellini, who gives a wonderfully understated and subtle performance. It's in her silent moments that she resonates the most with the audience, and she absolutely deserves a lot more mentions. She's either on par or better than several of the actresses in contention for awards. This is highly recommended because it deserves to put Cardellini on the spotlight, and I can only hope this gets seen enough in the upcoming months and as a result it gives her more career opportunities.


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