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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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This film was made at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. See more »

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

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Look At Miss Ohio
Written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Performed by Gillian Welch
From the album Soul Journey
Courtesy of Acony Records
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Great acting and good story about a returning soldier. The main problem is that it is very slow. OK but be ready for it. I say B-
21 March 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"This is just a giant waste of time. I can't do it anymore." After Kelli (Cardellini) returns home from the war she finds it much harder to adjust then expected. Finding life mundane and pointless she begins to drift. When her husband Mike (Shannon) leaves with the kids she is forced to deal with her problem. There have been many, many movies made about problems returning soldiers experience when trying to adjust to day-to-day life. "Home Of The Brave" is one of the more recent great ones. Like that movie this one deals with how she feels that life is so mundane and boring it begins to affect her relationships with others. The main problem with this one is that it seems to take forever to go anywhere. The acting is great and the story is good but again it is very slow and sometimes hard to stay interested in. I would compare this to the recent "Take Shelter" movie in its pacing and feel. If you liked that movie you will probably like this one too. Overall, a very OK movie that could have been better. I give it a B-.


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