The Return

In this hauntingly beautiful drama two brothers lives are forever changed when the father who abandoned them suddenly reappears.

The Return

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Year: 2003
Running Time: 105
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Russia
Language: Russian with English Subtitles
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The Return

Natalia Vdovina
Konstantin Lavronenko
Ivan Dobronravov
Vladimir Garin

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

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The debut feature of celebrated director Andrey Zvyagintsev (Loveless, Leviathan) earns its place in the pantheon of great Russian Cinema. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, the film is a mixture of psychological thriller and road movie, telling the story of two young brothers who must cope with the sudden and unexplained return of their father after a 12-year absence. The three embark on a road trip that becomes a background for self-discovery and the destruction of deeply rooted emotional investments. Straightforward yet satisfyingly layered, The Return’s combines deep psychological exploration with bold statements about the trials of manhood.


"Compelling! A masterful piece of cinema... the film goes to a deeper, more profoundly emotional place than its surface gifts would necessarily predict."

"Brilliant. A stunning psychological thriller! One of those great unnerving movies that lingers in the mind long after the lights come up."

"A luminously beautiful and enigmatic debut feature."

"Clearly announces Zvyagintsev as a director to watch. The Return begins as a mysterious quest, shades into a discomfiting thriller, then a survival story, and finally a tragic parable... a remarkably assured debut feature."

"Stunning. Renews the grand tradition of Russian cinematic mysticism epitomized by Andrei Tarkovsky."


  • Golden Lion – Venice Film Festival

  • CinemAvvenire Award (Best First Film) – Venice Film Festival

  • Lion of the Future, Luigi De Laurentiis Award – Venice Film Festival

  • Discovery of the Year – European Film Awards

  • FIPRESCI Prize – Palm Springs International Film Festival

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