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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
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

After some scenes from the film were workshopped there, Liza Johnson was invited to attend the 2008 Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. See more »

Connections

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

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Semi-Famous People
Written by Dan Melchior
Performed by 'Dan Melchior;s Broke Revue'
Courtesy of The Red Records
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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
21 May 2013 | by valis1949See all my reviews

RETURN (dir. Liza Johnson) Linda Cardellini delivers a mesmerizing performance as a woman who returns from a tour of duty in Iraq to find that her old life no longer fits. The film is deliberately and ominously paced as she discovers the truth about her prior existence. Her job is 'a waste of time' (it is, and it was), and her husband seems to have replaced her with an 'angst free' woman. It's not so much that Iraq had changed Kelli, but more that she now realizes that life can be so much more than what is offered in her rural, small town existence. Her friends and family members think that she might have seen devastating or particularly grisly scenes of carnage, yet her most unsettling memory seems to be witnessing a jet plane completely filled with rubber gloves. Her biggest and unstated realization is how shallow and pointless all of their lives really are. When things seem like they cannot get any worse, her husband initiates a custody battle over their two young daughters, and then she learns that she has been redeployed. The film is a stark and heartbreaking portrait of a woman who has been placed in a devastatingly untenable position. MUST SEE.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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