The Return Synopsis
A man returns home to Costa Rica at the request of his ailing father (Luis Fernando Gomez).
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Enriched by allusions to biblical stories of fathers, sons, and sacrifices, subtly woven into the movie's moodily photographed fabric.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The Russian film The Return is a stunning contemporary fable about a divided family in the wilderness - a simple, riveting film that almost...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Can be interpreted politically or even biblically or not at all, as the elemental struggles between dominance and submission, impulse and...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
At once a powerful psychological thriller and a haunting allegory, The Return marks an auspicious feature debut for helmer Andrey...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A film that asks its audience to invest serious thought, and in return, bestows serious pleasure.
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88

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Many questions remain purposely unanswered: Where was the father for 12 years? Why did he want to go away with the kids? What's in a box he...
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov are amazingly natural as the boys, and Konstantin Lavronenko impresses as the taciturn father.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Filmed with a cold, poetic beauty, The Return slowly strips away motivation until it arrives at a place of myth both private and oddly...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A haunting, melancholy work.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
A tense, expertly acted Russian film clouded by its intentional ambiguity.
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