Friday, 13 August 2010


The Return is a Russian film from 2003 directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

2 boys haven't seen their father for 12 years. He turns up one day and takes them on a trip, and then to an island. I thought the acting was very good, especially from the younger child. As far as cinematography goes, this film doesn't let you down. Considering the setting of this film though, it would probably be difficult not to exploit the beautiful scenery.

After watching, I will admit I was disappointed. Of course the speculation is all about the father figure, and online there are these cheap takes on it. After reading some of the better thoughts about it, I think the best explanation I've seen for this is that the father was a political prisoner.

Without thinking about this film, and being told that "you didn't understand it, therefore you won't get it" it's a very average experience, and is fairly nostalgic of some film you'd see on T.V and enjoy up to a certain point. Once it's finished, you'll realise it is a weak film, one you'll forget about, unless you want to speculate about things online. Something major happens, and the outcome doesn't fit -- which I'll admit does offer speculation. However, you know the ending is going to be predictable, and for something that did have good elements to it seems a waste.

Sadly the boy who played the older of the brothers drowned shortly after shooting the film...

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