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The Banishment

The Banishment
  • 2007
  • Russia
  • 157 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Cast: Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Bonnevie, Aleksandr Baluyev, Maksim Shibayev
  • Language: Russian

Based on a short story by William Saroyan, Zvyagintsev's film opens like a thriller as middle-aged Mark (Baluyev) drives to the inner-city flat of his brother Alex with a bullet in his arm. The film then shifts to unravel the troubling semantics at the heart of his marital relationship. The epitome of challenging, self-conscious arthouse cinema

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The Banishment

4 Sep 20083 stars

Fledgling master Russian filmmaker Andrei The Return Zvyagintsev’s flawed second feature is a nonetheless interesting fusion of British gangster flick Sexy Beast, Ingmar Bergman’s Persona and (thematically at least) Scenes from a Marriage as created by…

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