Vozvrashcheniye (The Return)

Yesterday I watched Vozvrashcheniye (The Return) by Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev.

What a brilliant and unforgettable movie! Although it was his feature-length debut, it instantly found a place in my list of top-favorites. The Return is a masterpiece and I can only hope that Zvyagintsev continues his path that started out so promising.

Everything was as close to perfection as it can get. The photography was just beautiful, the camera work outstanding. The actors, especially Konstantin Lavronenko were fantastic. The music (as well as the silence) was wonderful, the mood and setting, psychology, characters and story, the ending, the complexity within the minimal, the unexpected…

I can’t wait to try his other movies and see what his next projects will be like. I can highly recommend this film.