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Close Up: Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Banishment


A couple try to mend their marriage on a family holiday in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s taut drama.

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Russia 2007
Dir Andrey Zvyagintsev
With Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Bonnevie, Aleksandr Baluev
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

On a family holiday in their countryside home, Alex and Vera’s attempt to rekindle their failing marriage is rocked by a startling revelation that will send the couple into a downward spiral. The rift between them grows while they attempt to keep up appearances. Loosely adapted from William Saroyan’s story The Laughing Matter, the film cemented Zvyagintsev as a leading voice in world cinema.

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