"The Return" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Rules of the game are set with the first frame - the Bible, "The Last Supper", "The Dead Christ" immediately say that we look not a social film about the relationship between fathers and children
We contemplate the natural views of incredible beauty -. the sea, forests, field. The film never found garbage on the streets. It is evident that the crew tried their best.
World film is outside of time and space. Sometimes it seems our time, sometimes the recent Soviet past. If you really try, then "return" you can find the parts that will break both versions, since we are outside of time. Location is easy to define - it Leningrad, but again it is not garbage along the roads, as we are beyond a certain space. Children sleep in the daylight, which, of course, can be attributed to the white nights. But deserted streets completely demolish the boundaries between dream and reality, recalling dreams of Bergman's films. Photo found in the glove compartment in the final film, again it alludes to parallel realities.
At this simply can be no other name than "The Return". If Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" a play on the return of Jesus Christ in the days of the medieval Inquisition, then Zvyagintsev consider the possibility of the return of the Messiah in our time. But more on that later
One of the most important steps in the creation of the atmosphere of the film -. Young music composer Andrew Dergacheva written in ambient style with duduk, the Armenian musical instrument whose sound is, perhaps, most of all brings us to the vibrations of Higher Consciousness
The film is filled with cultural references, literally mixed ones. In this case, none of the references in the world of "return" does not contradict the other on the semantic level. For example, my mother, in the scene when the boys ran to complain to each other, incredibly reminiscent of mother of "Mirror" Tarkovsky, which all the same waited for her husband. "Quietly, I said, my father is sleeping." At the same time one of the children named Andrew. It should be said that the entire movie, rather than its individual episodes, sends greetings to Tarkovsky. The manner of filming, long takes, sound effects -. All this, like so much else, says that Zvyagintsev in his work develops the ideas of the great director
Among other cultural references, we see the painting "Dead Christ" by Andrea Mantegna and " The Last Supper "by Leonardo da Vinci, we open the Bible on the page" Abraham sacrificing Isaac, "we find in the film references to Dostoevsky, hear the music of Mozart, etc.
Ivan - the younger of the two brothers. His name was again taken from "The Brothers Karamazov", where Ivan, one of the three brothers, who reject God and composes the "Legend of the Grand Inquisitor." Inquisitor tells Christ:
«Why did you come to hinder us? For you have come to hinder us, and know it. »
But that says Ivan father in the car
« Tell me, why did you come? What for? Why take us with you? We do not need them. We were fine without you. »
jump into the water for Ivan, his insurmountable height, compared to the inability to accept the Father, which makes Andrew, who without hesitation, and jumps into the water and let the Father in his heart. Ivan says "Dad", he begins to rebel:
"Dad said? And right now I want »
« I do not want to eat. Perehotel
«- Yes
- Yes, Dad
- Yes..!»
His conflict with his father evenly goes to a climax at the scene after a fishing boat when he speaks again through the mouth of Ivan Karamazov.:
«I could love you, if you score one, but you're the worst! I hate you! Do not you dare torment us! You are nobody! I realized you no »
Andrew - elder brother, who accepted the Father's just the same:" Hello, Dad. " We notice a dramatic change in Andrew, after the scene on the tower when it turns into a father, Ivan, on the contrary, becomes lost and helpless. And in life - those who on the surface seem to be strong, encountering real difficulties are lost, and those who keep his strength inside, in a difficult moment of its release. In the face of death, all showing their true colors. And the fact that we are used to check for power, is actually a weakness.
Full of mystical parallels with the death of a young film actor Volodya Garin, played the role of Andrew. On the night of 24 on June 25, 2003 2 months prior to the world premiere of the film, he died while swimming in the lake near the village Osinovezckiy Pine in the Leningrad region.
Father appears in the film unexpectedly. He appears and disappears is not clear where it is not clear where. Through cultural links and symbolic allusions, we realize that on an existential plane Father - Jesus Christ, the Lord, who returned to the land to their children
expressed it simply and succinctly. "Call me father, as it should be to his son." "Eat this bread." With children it is tough and demanding. Moreover, the director consistently sets the viewer against him that, in my opinion, it is a kind of test. Opinion remained after watching a movie about his father, a lot to say about the viewer. Not by chance Oscar Wilde said that "Art - a mirror reflecting the one who looks at him, not life»
Father, like a Zen monk who teaches his children through action. It looks like cruelty, but morality in words is always the theory and learning by doing becomes an experience. Father is well aware that the time will come when it will no longer be there. On the way to the island, he makes them rowing. On the way back, they do it without the difficulties. With what calmness he comes out of the shop when the young Gopnik runs away with his wallet
-. Catch them, Dad
-! You yourself can not do this or

-? You saw it all through the window why you did not come out
-? I was talking on the phone
Here "pens,".. Much of what he taught his children, once it becomes necessary, when he dies.
spontaneous element of the film, of course, is water. It is present everywhere, in Tarkovsky's films, creating a feeling of penetration in the beyond mundane reality. Water, in the "return" of the world, is the Creator. Even the road on which the car is traveling heroes, often doused with water.
Days of the week shown in the film from Monday to Saturday also have symbolic meaning. His father died on Friday, Friday crucified Christ. The film ends on a Saturday, for which should be followed by the Resurrection.
«Return" is so brilliant that every dialogue or action it worked out to the last detail. No scene that has no symbolic meaning. Comeback story worked through, everything is interconnected, aesthetics and the depth of the film creates a world from which you do not want to go back.
10 of 10

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