The Return

The Return

  • Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Writer: Vladimir Moiseenko,Aleksandr Novototskiy-Vlasov
  • Countries of origin: Russia
  • Language: Russian
  • Release date: June 25, 2003
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Qaytish
  • "The Return" was filmed and directed by Russian director Andrei Zviagintsev in 2003. The film won the 2004 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film Nomination, the 2003 Russian Film Critics Association's Best Screenplay, Best Newcomer and Best Film Awards, 2003 Venice International Film Festival Best Debut, Golden Lion Award, etc.


    • Release date June 25, 2003
    • Filming locations Ladoga Lake, Russia
    • Production companies Ren Film

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    • By Americo 2022-12-30 19:02:29

      Father's love is like a mountain, it will not wait until it expires

      I came across this movie on the website by chance, and was surprised that it was produced in Russia. I originally saw the title "Return" and thought it was the latest action movie. In this way, I gradually finished watching this kind of slow movie with a more curious and steady state of mind.

      I think in the first half of the movie, a lot of people, like me, were uncomfortable with the slow pace of the movie. The first half of the story is slow and methodical. Many confrontations...

    • By Christine 2022-12-30 15:30:14

      metaphorical meaning

      Tones, the picture is beautiful, quiet and lonely.
      There is almost no soundtrack, and only music similar to the conjuration is played in the last 5 minutes.
      The expression of the story is straightforward, and there may be more metaphors than the father -son relationship.

      During the journey, the father's orders are short, the actions are powerful, and even death is the same
      . In the photo at the end, But my father's face can't be seen clearly.
      Maybe this is the...

    • By Skyla 2022-12-24 09:01:40

      what should we call you

          I haven't pronounced this word in more than ten years. Its pronunciation made my tongue dry, and I was no longer familiar with its intonation. I often force myself to ignore the word in order to forget my obligation to use it.
          Who is the father?
          To us, he is the father; to the family, he is dominance and power; as we grow up, he is the representative of the adult world, a symbol of strength, revered for being able to do things beyond our ability. He is the...

    • By Laila 2022-12-22 23:47:00

      understand how my sons feel, they are like me in another world

      At first I didn't understand why the film uses such a depressing gray-blue tone, but after watching it, I realized that it was a tragedy, so this tone was the most appropriate. The composition of the film is perfect, the two brothers lying on their backs in the dining table and the tent are symmetrical, the xs shape on the road, and the golden composition ratio.

      In particular, I can understand my younger brother's deep disgust and distrust of his father, who suddenly appeared severe,...

    • By Shaun 2022-12-20 08:47:46


      I finished watching this film with a dull mood. Regarding the "return", I understood it as the return of the father's character. In the twelve years of Andrei and Ivan's life, they finally had a "father". Unfamiliar and curious, my father was angry at his patriarchal behavior and admired his problem-solving style and ability. In fact, the story is very simple. It is a small family story. A father who has been away from home for many years suddenly returns to his family to get along with his...

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    • By Grace 2023-09-20 12:57:20

      The plot setting is too rigid and the film is exhausted. The father must teach the child to drive, the father must give the elder son a watch, and the father must help the younger son overcome his fear of heights. This is basically a genre film...

    • By Erna 2023-09-14 18:13:19

      Full of poetic father-son...

    • By Blaze 2023-09-12 12:14:43

      Slurry returns to the boat returns to the...

    • By Camilla 2023-09-10 01:08:32

      One of the movies on Father’s Day: I thought it would be a story about a father and son who have been separated for many years regaining their father-son friendship, but the plot development far exceeded my expectations. I don't know enough about the history of the Soviet Union, I guess, could it be that "the Soviet government's eagerness to control the minds of its people led to its disintegration"? ...After watching the movie, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this film is directed by...

    • By Gaetano 2023-09-04 11:25:16

      8.5. Beautiful scenery is not for the faint of heart, so fathers turn into intruders and let sons hate themselves more than they fear the tower, so that they can become adults. And what the father got back on the island, no one will ever...

    Movie quotes

    • [first lines]

      [on-screen caption: Sunday]

      [boy falls in the water, then floats up]

      Zavodila: Jump as we agreed! Who climbs down the ladder is a cowardly wanker.

      [swims to the shore]

      Boy on Tower: Go on, Vityok. You're next.

    • [last lines]

      Ivan: Look...

      [shows a photo to Andrey]

      Andrey: Hide it.

      [Ivan puts the photo back]

      Ivan: Andrey, my feet are wet.

      Andrey: Take your shoes off.