The Banishment

The considered pace of the camerawork belies the speed at which this story moves.

From the family’s initial move to the country to the Konstantin Lavronenko’s character’s return to that city, only two days pass.

The mounting pain and the points-of-no-return are delivered so quietly that what would be difficult viewing is rendered both gripping and heartbreaking by the actors and director.

This movie rivals Andrei Zvyagintsev’s debut The Return, but repeats nothing from it apart from the refusal to dwell on character history and the gorgeous cinematography.

And the ravine runs through everything.

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I play bass, I cook, I look out the window. Sometimes I prefer wondering what's out there to going out and looking. But not all the time. I only recently learned that leaving two spaces after a full stop is obsolete.

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