Review: 'The Banishment'

Bottom Line: A film that gives the art house a bad name.

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CANNES -- "The Banishment" (Izgnanie) starts off like a thriller with a car roaring into the city and a clandestine surgery by a man to remove a bullet in his brother's arm. Then, ever so slowly, the movie falls into the clutches of long, solemn stares into space, meaningful drags on cigarettes, cryptic dialogue revealing little and a tiny drama that feels old, tired and empty of real purpose.

In other words, Art House Pretension without apology or concern. Director/co-writer Andrei Zvyagintsev has told every journalist who asked he intends to avoid the sophomore jinx that follows a very successful first film. (His "The Return" won Venice and four other festivals in 2003.) He has failed. The only route for "Banishment," which screened In Competition, is banishment to the festival circuit. Commercial prospects are zilch.

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