The Banishment

Synopsis: A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Andrey Zvyagintsev
Production: Intercinema XXI Century
  5 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
157 min


I'm going to call a doctor.


- Mark...

- Try...

You do need a doctor.

I need you to try hard

and pull it out.

Do you hear me?

Just pull the bullet out

and I'm gone.

I'll sleep for a while...

and then... I'm gone.

I don't want to have

your family seeing me.

Come on. Come on. Come on.

What about you?

I'll leave in few days.

For how long?

For couple of months.

Robert found me a job.

Good money?

Good enough.

I might get to buy a car.

Why don't you sell father's house? It's

just sitting there uninhabited anyway.

I might sell it or I might not.

- Would you like to go there?

- No.

I'm thirsty.

We're almost there. Hang on.

Come here, Eva.

What is it, mom?

Take these in your room

and set them on the bed.

And come back quickly.

Yes ma'am.

Dad, where is the walnut orchard?

Up on the hill.

- Will we go there after we wash?

- We'll go.

I want a walnut from the tree.

I think they're still green

and can not be eaten.

We can eat them.

I want a walnut from the tree.

Dad, why isn't there water in the spring?

God knows why!

- Did it dry out?

- It seems like it.

It was flowing right through here,

underneath the house...

...draining into the bluff.

Did you see that?

I did.

Bunny, give me an apple.

My name is Eva.

I know. I named you.

You said Bunny.

Because you're like a little bunny.

A blond bunny.

Like a sunbeam.

I don't want to be Bunny,

I want to be Eva.

All right Eva, give me an apple.

Would you like salad with apples in it?

No, I don't want that.

What would you like then?


I'm sorry, Mom.

I won't do it again.

Don't say that, my love.

It's not your fault.

Why did you run out?

I'm listening... What happened?


I see.

That's it! Go to sleep!

OK. Good night.

- Dad, what's that smell?

- I don't know. Why do you ask?

- Go to sleep.

- Good night.

Would you like a drink?

With pleasure. I really need a drink.


I'm pregnant.

It's not yours.

You want a ride?

I know you.

You are Alexander.

I am Max, Georgy's son.

Do you remember me?

I am a mailman, in the city.

I came to your house.

I don't remember.

If you'll excuse me,

I don't feel like talking.

- Hello?

- Mark.

I'm at the train station.

We need to talk.

Which train station?

- Ok. Let's talk...

- No, I'm coming over.

There's no more trains at this time.

I'll find a car.

OK. I'll wait for you down at the bar.

No, it would be better at the casino,

it's right next door.

I know.

Max, can we talk for a minute?


- Can you let me have your car tonight?

- Sure.


Where should I leave it?

At your house?

Leave the keys inside the glovebox.

Be quiet.

Hello, Viktor? Hey, this is Alexander.

Yes. I got here yesterday.

A week or so.

OK. We'll do it that way.

Come over today by five.

Yes. Of course.

OK. See you soon.

How do you like it here?

Does it look changed?

Everything looks the same.

Kir! Eva! Come here!

How long has been since you left?

It's been about ten years, hasn't it?


How's Mark doing?

Do you see your brother?

He's fine.

What about his family?

Is he at least seeing his children?

I don't know.

Your father missed them a lot.

Did he ever see your children?


You can hardly get you or Mark to talk.

He comes, locks himself inside

the house and lives like a monk.

People used to live different.

Everything seemed to be all right but...

You never know what's going to happen...

Dad, I want to sit next to you.

We'll get there in 3 minutes.

You may go there.

Kir, let's go!

- What's his name?

- He has no name.

Would you like to name him?

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