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Close Up: Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Return


Two young brothers set off on a fishing holiday with a father they barely know.

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Russia 2003
Dir Andrey Zvyagintsev
With Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov, Konstantin Lavronenko, Nataliya Vdovina
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

In Zvyagintsev’s astounding debut, brothers Ivan and Andrey, who share a deep bond after being abandoned by their father, are shocked when he returns after a 12-year absence. They set off on a fishing holiday with a man they know only from a photograph, in a forced effort to rekindle their relationship; a trip that will prove to be life-altering.

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