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Little Scene : The Return

  • t5m.com
Andrey Zvyagintsev's wonderful debut feature opens with a simple childhood test. A group of boys stand atop a look-out tower on stone pier against a drab Russian sky. Each one jumps, terrified, into the icy water below. The two boys left are brothers Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) and Andrei (Vladimir Garin) and when the older finally jumps, leaving Ivan on the tower in the shivering cold, it's only his mother who eventually comes to his rescue as the night draws in. It's simplistic scene beautifully shot and outlays the rest of the film effortlessly. The way the young brothers push each other in the early parts of the film makes way for the titular return of the boy's father after a 12 year absence and the planned fishing trip which will reconnect them. The spare setting and their mother's odd complacency about the mysterious reappearance set a tense and disturbing tone and
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Little Scene : The Return

  • t5m.com
Andrey Zvyagintsev's wonderful debut feature opens with a simple childhood test. A group of boys stand atop a look-out tower on stone pier against a drab Russian sky. Each one jumps, terrified, into the icy water below. The two boys left are brothers Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) and Andrei (Vladimir Garin) and when the older finally jumps, leaving Ivan on the tower in the shivering cold, it's only his mother who eventually comes to his rescue as the night draws in. It's simplistic scene beautifully shot and outlays the rest of the film effortlessly. The way the young brothers push each other in the early parts of the film makes way for the titular return of the boy's father after a 12 year absence and the planned fishing trip which will reconnect them. The spare setting and their mother's odd complacency about the mysterious reappearance set a tense and disturbing tone and
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Tragic Russian Movie Triumphs at Venice Film Festival

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Tragic Russian Movie Triumphs at Venice Film Festival
Russian father and son drama Vozvrashcheniye (The Return) has scooped the Golden Lion for best picture at this year's Venice Film Festival. Actor Vladimir Garin, 15, tragically died in the same lake where he filmed many of the scenes for the award-winning picture shortly after shooting was completed, and he was paid tribute to in a touching acceptance speech. Director Andrey Zvyaginstev said, "You see only two actors up on the stage tonight. Those who saw the film know there were three main actors. The fact is that the actor who played Andrey died tragically two months ago. We would like to dedicate this award to him." Other winners at the festival included Sean Penn as best actor in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams, a film about three people thrown together by an accident. Penn declared, "I'm very grateful to the jury for this. Anyone who saw the film knows the ensemble I'm a part of."

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