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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

Writer:

Liza Johnson
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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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Drama

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Director Liza Johnson's first feature length film. See more »

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Featured in Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) See more »

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Get Low featuring Ying Yang Twins
Performed by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Coyrtesy of The Orchard
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A painstaking work of art which remains in the memory
11 May 2013 | by perkypopsSee all my reviews

Liza Johnson's film is a beautifully etched drama about a soldier's return from a tour of duty. The opening scenes of delight to be reunited with her husband and family are soon forgotten as the story concentrates on how Kelli, the returning soldier, must readjust to her role as mother and wife.

One notable gift Ms Johnson has is her ability to hold a quiet contemplative interlude where Kelli is thoughtful and we are too. Pretty soon we get close to Kelli's mindset and how she works, and through this we get closer to all the other characters in her life. There is a lot of hard work put into many of the scenes in which Linda Cardellini (as Kelli) has to look at herself and others in what has fast become an alien environment. A driving under influence complicates things but then do so many of the events which unfold before us.

The acting of Ms Cardellini is superb throughout playing a flawed character alongside so many others but trying to show her love of her children. Ways of changing her circumstances come and go and we see all sides of Kelli as they do. Michael Shannon is as good as he was in Shelter too.

Not everyone will enjoy this film or even rate it, which is a pity. It is not obviously a film pitched at women, or anyone in particular, but it is a story loaded with emotion, profound arguments, prisms of perspectives, and a lot of thoughtful direction.

I rate it very highly because we can see the hard work the artist has put into this work as we see it hanging in the gallery. One day perhaps it'll get the recognition it deserves. I recommend it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return See more »

Filming Locations:

Beacon, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,717, 12 February 2012

Gross USA:

$16,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,886
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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