The Banishment (Izgnanie) (2007)

Yesterday I saw another contemporary Russian movie by Andrei Zvyagintsev, with Konstantin Lavronenko who won Best Actor at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his role.


A man, Alexander, leaves the city with his wife Vera and two kids, Kir and Eva,to go to the country, to his paternal house. The old house is opened up to bring back life and fresh air to it, as they take in the tranquility and openness of the countryside.

But this tranquility is broken when Vera tells him something that sets into motion events that cannot be reversed.


Beautiful movie. But you really need to watch it till the end, otherwise you will not get it. You could say, as my boyfriend pointed out, that the film has 3 parts. And without the 3rd part, the movie would not be as interesting if it had finished after part 2 (which could have been possible actually).

I refer to my earlier post The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003)for the previous movie by Zvyagintsev, in which Lavronenko also stars.


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