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CWC D: An­drey Zvyag­int­sev w/ Nadezhda Mark­ina, An­drey Smirnov. Rus­sia. 109 min. Sep 8, 6:45 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 2; Sep 10, noon AMC 9; Sep 18, 6:15 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 1 Rat­ing: NNNN With this im­mensely sat­is­fy­ing Hitch­cock­ian tale of moral lar­ceny, Zvyag­int­sev ( The Re­turn) con­tin­ues the ex­plo­ration of fam­ily dy­nam­ics that’s be­come his trade­mark. Here, a gen­tle, du­ti­ful wife (Mark­ina) takes rad­i­cal steps to pro­tect her­self and her son from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage from the machi­na­tions of her wealthy hus­band’s ( Smirnov) daugh­ter.

The di­rec­tor high­lights the ba­sic class di fer­ences in­her­ent in the mar­i­tal re­la­tion­ship, giv­ing his in­trigu­ing sto­ry­line more res­o­nance. The pri­macy of the char­ac­ters’ self- in­ter­est serves as an im­plied crit­i­cism of post-Soviet Rus­sian so­ci­ety. An art­ful piece of solid en­ter­tain­ment.

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