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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Ivan Dobronravov
Vladimir Garin
Konstantin Lavronenko
Natalia Vdovina
Directors
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Screenwriters
Alexander Novototsky
Vladimir Moiseenko
Running Time
106 minutes

The Return
A quiet and disquieting masterpiece which gets under your skin and stays there


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Plot
In a remote corner of Russia, the lives of two boys ù Ivan, a headstrong 12 year-old, and Andrey, his sensitive older brother - are shattered by the return of their father after a ten-year absence. Ivan is suspicious of the interloper's identity, especial


Verdict
Yes. Zvyagintsev's debut film, which manages to be both naturalistic and stylised, is a quiet and disquieting masterpiece which gets under your skin and stays there long after you leave the cinema.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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