- Actors: Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Natalia Vdovina
- Directors: Andrey Zvyagintsev
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, Russian
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2008
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002TTT6U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,285 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Return  [DVD] 
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Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev makes his feature debut with this haunting, poignant family drama. Teenage brothers Andrei (Vladimir Garin) and Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) have lived with their mother (Natalya Vdovina) and grandmother (Galina Petrova) for as long as they can remember when their long-lost father (Konstantin Lavronenko) suddenly turns up after a twelve-year absence. While Andrei seems happy to see him, the younger Ivan is reluctant and suspicious of his father's motives. The three take a boat to a deserted island in a remote lake in the north of Russia - a trip which turns into an endurance test as the boys struggle to come to terms with their father's presence and cruel, mysterious ways. The film won the Golden Lion award at the 2003 Venice Film Festival.
Top Customer Reviews
Although many have indicated that this film is about the father-son relationship, I think it is also about the relationship between the two brothers who have grown up without any male influence. While being depressingly vulnerable and unconfident the boys prove to be independent beyond their age.
Great if very sad...
In brief, the story is about two adolescent boys who come home one day to find that the father who has been absent from their lives for 12 years has now returned and wants to take them on a trip for a few days. During the course of this trip, the father demonstrates a harsh, distant, and tough method of parenting, and makes the father/son bonding process a difficult and awkward one. He is forever trying to teach them to be tougher, more manly, and more independent. He rarely engages in any real conversation with them, instead preferring to bark orders at them or brood silently. This kind of parenting is completely confusing and difficult for the boys to respond to and understand. Andrey, the older of the two, is so eager to please his father and tries to do everything he is taught in an attempt to win his father's approval. Ivan, the younger of the two, is more suspicious and resentful of his father, and is generally unco-operative and unresponsive towards him. With the beautiful backdrop of a bleak Russian landscape, we observe these relationships developing over the course of about a week, and there are a few twists and turns in the plot which provoke many questions for us as viewers.
Some will inevitably criticise The Return for being 'confusing' and 'without any real conclusion'.Read more ›
That's exactly what happens to the two young brothers, Andrey and Ivan, when the mysterious man, just arrived, who claims to be their father, decides to take them on a fishing trip for bonding time.
As the movie progresses, it is evident to both the movie viewer and the brothers that something isn't quite right. Every once in a while, the father turns around and just seems to do something absolutely strange, from a violent outburst causing his motives to be questioned to moments of a possible attempt at actually spending time with his sons.
Both of the brothers experience separate reactions. The older one trusts his father, while the younger is reluctant, which often causes strife between them.
Haunting, disturbing, and in some ways sad, The Return, is more of a slow and thoughtful film to be appreciated for its subtleties. Each part is acted quite well. The characters are believable and made real through the their hardships and obvious uncertainties. I think the thing that makes The Return such a special movie is the relationship between each separate person and seeing how they treat one another.
It's fun trying to figure out whether or not the father really is good or bad; although, a warning beforehand, a few things are left for you to form your own opinion about. Perhaps that is what the director wanted, and it doesn't harm the film, might even make the ending more effective and powerful; so keep an open mind and don't be disappointed. This isn't like American movies where every loose end has to be tied up at the close, however messy or unbelievable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The father of two Russian boys suddenly appears after being away twelve years, he takes them fishing for the weekend with the hope of getting to no them, the younger of the two... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Zulu Warrior
Was hoping for a better paced movie....love foreign movies in general but this one doesn't tick the boxes for me.Published 12 months ago by tina yorston
A wonderful film . Watched it 10 years ago and it has lived in my memory all that time. Great to have my own copy . Thanks to the seller. Great service.Published 16 months ago by R. Goldsmith
The thing that struck me (again) watching Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stunning 2003 cinematic debut was how such a brilliant, original piece of film-making (heartfelt drama, stunning... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Keith M
A movie about human nature which leaves the viewer with some unanswered questions. Great scenery in this one.Published 22 months ago by Robert
This is a great film. it was worthy winners of the Golden Lion awardPublished on 12 Mar. 2015 by John Pocock
This film is difficult to rate. Parts of it were brilliant, the acting of the 2 boys was excellent, and the whole film was very atmospheric. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2015 by Bear