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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2011
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From Focus Features, the premiere global brand in original and daring cinema, comes Focus World. Charged with finding the most exciting voices in international and independent film, Focus World is proud to bring you Return, the incredible feature debut from director Liza Johnson, following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. When Kelli (Linda Cardellini, Freaks & Geeks, Brokeback Mountain) returns home from war, she expected to slowly but surely settle back into her life with her husband (Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire) and kids in the small town she grew up in. But she gradually realizes that the life she left behind is no longer there waiting for her. Depicting Kelli's struggle to find her place in a life she no longer recognizes, Linda Cardellini delivers a tour de force performance, leading an all-star cast that also includes John Slattery (Mad Men).

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    In this stratum of Middle American society during wartime and hardship, the movie suggests, life is tough and challenging. You admire these characters for their considerable resili...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    With its modest scale and sharp observations, writer-director Liza Johnson's first feature has the quiet impact of a short story.

  • 60

    New York Daily News Joe Neumaier

    Johnson's feel for the rhythms of reconnection are steady, and she and her fine actors make Return one of only a handful of films to honestly address what to many is heartbreaking ...

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