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 Laila 2023-05-18 00:38:15

      4.5; The absence of my father has changed from 12 years to forever, and the figure that once existed in the photo has quietly disappeared. The gray-blue tone is quiet and condensed, and the waves on the water surface are one of the identification marks of Sarkinsev, and the inheritance of the old tower is obvious. God (father) created the world in seven days, and the road to return of the son who killed the father was destined to be a wanderer in the Russian...

    • By Davonte 2023-05-17 15:31:43

      The picture is...

    • By Mortimer 2023-05-15 08:16:07

      A/ The discussion on the role of the figurative father has been very rich, but this one has the meaning of directly dismantling the "father" of the symbol. Therefore, what the film presents is not only a metaphor of the Soviet Union, but also a symptom of the continuous dissolution and withdrawal of the "father" in the modern and postmodern contexts. The composition of the debut work has reached the master level just like the movement of the mirror, and the script is tidy and meticulous. More...

    • By Gracie 2023-05-11 04:12:09

      Political metaphors aside, I prefer to see it as a pure and extreme allegory of life. In the face of sudden growth, mysterious dangers and accidents, the rise and fall of somatosensory spirit, fall and sink in reality. Banished like a boat, accepted like a father's love, the result is the return of normal order. However, something is to be left after all, like the image of the father in the photo, which seems to exist and never...

    • By Neoma 2023-05-10 18:35:05

      When your throat is faintly swelling, watching everything is not pleasing to the eye, fighting to the end, and starting to react to the beauty, a man suddenly appeared after 12 years and said that the child is your father, and if you are not obedient, you will be slapped in the face. There will be a father-killing complex, and you must have a father-killing complex. Only when this shadow deadwood crashes down, can you understand love and responsibility, and get rid of the trouble of fear of...

    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.