The Banishment

The Banishment

Synopsis

Shot in nondescript European locations, The Banishment conjures a permanent sense of isolation and displacement – both physical and psychological. Zvyagintsev’s follow-up to his debut feature, The Return, once again focuses on a father figure, played by The Return’s Konstantin Lavronenko in a Cannes Best Actor Award – winning performance. A man with many secrets, he suddenly moves his family to the countryside. Just as the children begin to adjust to a new life, their world unravels when their mother, played with melancholic resignation by Norwegian-Swedish actress Maria Bonnevie, makes an unexpected announcement. A touch of film noir accompanies this elusive, steadily paced exploration of the mysteries of the human heart.

Technical Specs

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Year: 2007
Country: Russia
Language: Russian
Duration: 157 min
Colour: Colour
Certificate: 15
Alternate Title: Izgnanie