revmem's Movie Review of Return, The ( Vozvrashcheniye )

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Return, The ( Vozvrashcheniye )

Quite the story
revmem - wrote on 06/11/10

I'm assuming you've seen it, so skip this if you haven't.

Utterly engrossing movie about a pair of brothers whose father, who had abandoned the family for reasons unknown, simply shows up one day and takes them on a rough adventure. Or, rather, he allows them to tag along on his adventure, where he randomly degrades them or teaches them or leaves them to learn something on their own. One might view their journey as them being dragged from childhood into manhood, yanked from their mother, learning hard lessons, and eventually freeing themselves from their father as their first act of independence. We never find out much about the father: where he's been, what he's looking for, what he finds, much as children are often in the dark about the mysterious motivations and doings of their parents. But we do get a moving story that lends itself to a number of layered and perhaps conflicting interpretations. And who returns? Was it the father, who returns to the family in the beginning? Or the children, who return changed?

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