The Return

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Life’s tough for kids… especially if, like Ivan (Dobronravov), all you recall of your dad derives from a photo taken over a decade ago. Still, at least Ivan’s older brother Andrey (Garin) looks out for him when other boys in their provincial Russian hometown tease him; so does their mum, at least until the pair arrive home to find a sleeping man (Lavronenko) who, she says, is her long-lost husband. But is he really the guy in the photo? Zvyagintsev’s Venice prize-winner is a model of suspenseful storytelling. The acting, too, is terrific. Very highly recommended indeed.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday June 25 2004
Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
Cast: Konstantin Lavronenko
Vladimir Garin
Ivan Dobronravov
Natalya Vdovina
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