- 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002TTT6U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,302 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Konstantin Lavronenko plays the long-lost father with just the right mix of strength, mystery and cool understatement -- his character would give many actors an excuse to overplay and draw attention away from the young men portraying the sons, the true centers of the film. The balance he achieves here is a tribute to the care with which he pursues his craft.
The two young actors who play brothers Andrey and Ivan (Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov, respectively) turn in some of the most believable, moving performances I've ever seen from people their age. The depths of emotion and commitment they give to their roles is extraordinary -- it's a level of quality that is a joy to see in actors of ANY age, but to see it in these who are so young is incredible.
The fact that this is director Zvyagintsev's first feature film tells me that this is indeed a filmmaker to watch -- and I don't think a film of this quality can be written off as 'beginner's luck'. His talent is formidable -- I look forward to seeing more from him.
The story unfolds at just the right pace -- the audience is given no clues as to what will happen next, and is kept is just as much suspense as the characters in the film. The honors this film received at the Venice Film Festival were justified -- I can recommend it without reservation to anyone, whether they favor 'art house' cinema or simply a well-made film telling a compelling story.
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 ›
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 9 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 11 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 15 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 19 months ago by Keith M
A movie about human nature which leaves the viewer with some unanswered questions. Great scenery in this one.Published 21 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